Arsenal closing in on the signing of 23-yr-old after face-to-face negotiations – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White this summer.
According to The Athletic, the Gunners are now closing in on the 23-year-old centre back.
Apparently, Brighton value the player at £50 million and the Londoners are prepared to offer £45 million plus another £5 million in add ons.
The report further states that the two clubs have held talks face to face and a deal is not far from completion.
The 23-year-old is rated highly in England and he could prove to be a quality addition to the Arsenal back four.
White can play as a defensive midfielder as well and his versatility could prove to be useful during injuries and rotation.
The England international is expected to be the long-term replacement for David Luiz at the Emirates. He could form a superb partnership at the back alongside Gabriel.
The player was linked with a move to Leeds United last summer but the Whites failed with multiple bids to sign him.
The report from Athletic adds that agreeing on personal terms should not be a problem for Arsenal and the deal is likely to be finalized as soon as the two clubs can agree on a fee.
The asking price seems high for a player who has largely unproven at the highest level but White has the talent and the potential to justify the outlay in the long run.