According to an exclusive report from the Sun, Leicester City have joined the race to sign Brighton defender Ben White – with Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United all battling for his signature.
As per this report, Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions are showing the ‘strongest interest of all’, with Leeds already making a £25 million bid plus add-ons to take back their 2019/2020 loanee on a permanent deal.
Leeds’ offer, however, was rejected – leaving the door open for other clubs to pay his £50 million valuation.
Should Leicester City sign Ben White for £50 million?
Yes, fantastic Soyuncu alternative
No, not for a price that high
The Foxes, spearheaded by sporting director Jon Rudkin, have reportedly enquired over a price for White alongside the other interested parties – but as it stands, it looks as if Leicester are behind other suitors given Liverpool and Leeds appear first in line for the player who is also being targeted by both Manchester clubs.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have already had two bids rejected, despite White not playing a single minute in the top flight yet Brighton are reportedly unwilling to let him leave for less than the £50m asking price.
White helped guide Leeds to promotion after 16 years of waiting, but their failure to tie him down permanently could open the door for Leicester to make a move despite their unknown stance on his price tag.
Pundit Noel Whelan once described the 22-year-old as ‘the next [Harry] Maguire’ and ‘outstanding’ to Football Insider – tags that could entice Brendan Rodgers given the interest in star defender Caglar Soyuncu.
If Soyuncu does opt for a move away from the King Power, White could be a great alternative.
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