Arsenal AGREE £50m Ben White transfer after seeing off late interest from Chelsea for Brighton’s England defender
ARSENAL have finally agreed a deal with Brighton for Ben White.
The Gunners have committed to paying Albion’s full asking price of £50million.
That is after they previously had bids of £40m and £42m rejected.
It will make the 23-year-old one of the most expensive English defenders of all time.
And it matches the fee Manchester United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019.
Personal terms have also been agreed for Three Lions star White.
Now he is set to sign a five-year deal with the North Londoners.
His medical will not take place until he is back from holiday following his exertions at Euro 2020.
White was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament following the injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
He made his Three Lions debut in a friendly against Austria last month off the bench.
The former Leeds loanee then played the full 90 minutes to earn his second cap in the 1-0 win over Romania but was unused at the Euros.
The breakthrough is a huge boost for Mikel Arteta, who saw off late interest from Chelsea, in his plans to revamp his Arsenal squad this summer after a poor campaign.
While it continues the stratospheric rise of versatile ace White, who was playing on loan at League Two Newport County just three years ago.
Brighton plan to use a significant chunk of the money from their record sale into buying a new striker.