Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal ‘really close’ to Premier League star transfer deal
Famous journalist Fabrizio Romano says Brighton defender Ben White is set to join Arsenal this summer.
What’s the latest news regarding transfers involving Ben White?
Recent reports from Sky Sports have claimed that Arsenal are expected to submit a third offer to try to sign White from Brighton this summer, after rejecting two offers for the defender.
The report suggests the clubs are in talks over the 23-year-old and the Gunners are hoping to strike a deal with the Seagulls. Should Arsenal reach the player’s assessment, Brighton owner Tony Bloom apparently wouldn’t stand in the way of White if he wanted to leave.
What did Romano say about Ben White at Arsenal?
Italian journalist Romano reveals White is set to join Arsenal and claims personal terms with the England international have already been agreed.
Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano said: “Speaking of Ben White, there is nothing with Chelsea as he is really very close to joining Arsenal. He already has a personal deal with Arsenal and he wants to join Arsenal.
Romano added that Arsenal and Brighton are negotiating a fee of around £ 50million for the 23-year-old. He said: “Now Arsenal and Brighton are talking about costs of around £ 50million. It is not yet done, but they are getting closer.
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How do Whites compare to current Arsenal defenders?
The 6-foot Brighton defender has enjoyed a solid first season in the Premier League this quarter and his stats suggest he would be a welcome addition to Arsenal’s defense.
According to WhoScored, White averaged more interceptions per league game than any Arsenal player in the 2020/21 campaign with 1.7 – Gabriel was White’s closest center-back in that department , making only 1.1 per game.
The 23-year-old also recorded 1.4 tackles and won 1.4 aerials per game in England’s top flight for Brighton.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has played seven different defenders at the league center-back this season, which suggests he is still not convinced with many of his options at the club.
Is £ 50million too much for Ben White?
It’s certainly a high price for a player with just one Premier League season, but the first signs of White’s performance have been positive and he has the potential to be an Arsenal center-back for the next decade at just 23. years. .
According to Transfermarkt, Aston Villa paid £ 20.1million for Tyrone Mings who had minimal experience in the England top flight with Bournemouth at the time. Brighton paid a similar fee to sign Adam Webster from Bristol City in 2019, while Chelsea recently sold Fukayo Tomori for £ 26.3million to AC Milan.
White’s fees are higher than these, but given he is leaving another Premier League club and clearly has high potential, £ 50million could soon turn out to be about right.
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