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Talks ongoing – Arsenal set to return with a better offer for Ben White

Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Ben White in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been tracking White for some time now and they made a formal offer for the 23-year-old defender on Wednesday.

If the reports are to be believed, Arsenal submitted an offer in the region of £40m for the England international.

White is a talented young defender who excelled under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds during his loan spell in 2019/20.

In his first season in the Premier League, he was very impressive for his parent club, making 36 appearances.

Brighton are probably looking at a fee close to £50m, and Arsenal are in talks to reach an agreement.

It has been claimed that the Gunners will return with an improved offer in the next few days.

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If you look at the Arsenal squad, one gets the impression that the central defence is one area where they have plenty of options.

Despite offloading Sokratis, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal are still relatively well-stocked at centre back.

They have the likes of Gabriel, Pablo Mari, and Rob Holding as regular starters while William Saliba is expected to feature this term.

Considering the fact that Arsenal won’t be participating in European competitions next season, the need for another centre-back is baffling when clearly investment is needed elsewhere.

White is a versatile defender. He can play as a right-back, right-wing back, and also a defensive midfielder. He has the ability to carry the ball forward and play out progressive passes. In theory, he would be perfect for Arteta’s side.

However, with the club operating on a tight budget, and immediate reinforcement needed elsewhere, signing another defender, that too by paying over the top, appears to be a transfer mistake from Edu.

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June 2021