Speaking to the press, as shared by journalist Beren Cross, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the ‘little slice of information‘ that Victor Orta and co wanted to sign Brighton defender Ben White for £30 million in the summer-autumn window – with the boss revealing this was the price that was knocked back by the Seagulls for his services.
Bielsa confirms £30m Leeds bid for White
White, who thoroughly impressed for Leeds when on loan last season in the Championship, becoming a big part of their promotion-winning team, was at the centre of interest thereafter from Orta as he looked to strengthen Bielsa’s options.
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An injury to star midfielder Kalvin Phillips has resulted in Leeds reportedly drawing up options ahead of the summer window (Phil Hay), and White could be a good option to attempt a return for considering he can play both in defence and in central midfield.
Time will tell whether Bielsa approves a second swoop for White in the next transfer window, but judging by this news that £30m was not enough to sway Brighton, majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani may have to invest heavily.
In other news: BBC pundit has reacted to Leeds exit reports, find out more here.
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