Sky Sports News reporter Tim Thornton feels that Brighton are in a “win-win situation” regarding the extensive transfer interest in Ben White, who he described as a “Rolls-Royce of a footballer”.
As reported by Sky Sports on Wednesday, Leeds have submitted a third bid for the 22-year-old, this time believed to be in the region of £25m after previous offers of £18.5m and £22m were rejected by the Seagulls, who had loaned him out to Elland Road last season.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that all of last term’s Premier League top six were keen on the centre-back, with Brighton sending a clear message to prospective suitors by slapping a £50m price tag on him.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Transfer Talk podcast, Thornton feels that the large-scale interest in White is a good thing for Albion, saying: “From a Brighton perspective, if bids are coming in, it’s a win-win situation for them as well, so it’s one to watch, but he’s definitely top of the list as far as Leeds are concerned and he’s the one player really that they would like to see slotting into the jigsaw this summer.”
Touching on Leeds’ interest in the defender, he said: “He’s the one they want, he was outstanding last season and he shone in a Leeds team that did incredibly well. But there are other teams interested as well – Liverpool have been linked with him and he’s a Rolls-Royce of a footballer…He could probably slot into any squad in the Premier League, but at Leeds he’ll be guaranteed to play every week. Bielsa knows how to get the best out of him and he fixed the system at Leeds.”
Thornton’s comment about the transfer saga being a “win-win situation” for Brighton is understandable. If the Seagulls can keep him, they will benefit from having a hugely valued young defender buoyed by the experience of playing every minute of Leeds’ Championship-winning campaign last term, in which he recorded the squad’s second-highest headers per game average (2.8) and made more interceptions per game (2.5) than anyone else at Elland Road (as per WhoScored).
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On the other hand, they will have seen the vast level of transfer interest in him and know that they can hold out for a sizeable fee for a player who has still featured just twice for them and has yet to make his Premier League debut. Indeed, if Albion were to cash in for anything close to their reported asking price, they should easily be able to afford a couple of strong replacements from the top-up to their transfer kitty.
With Leeds undeterred by the rejection of their first two bids for the 22-year-old, the Ben White transfer saga looks set to continue apace for another while until the transfer window closes on 5 October.
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