Football journalist Duncan Castles has been sharing the latest details surrounding Arsenal’s reported interest in signing Brighton & Hove Albion centre-half Ben White this summer.
This comes after Castles co-hosted the latest edition of The Transfer Window Podcast, where he spoke about a range of transfer-related topics.
On the subject of Arsenal’s chase for White, Castles had this to say.
He said: “My understanding is that Arsenal have now made a third offer for White.
“That offer came at the beginning of this week, they’ve increased the guaranteed sum to £48 million, so just £2 million short of the figure that was expected to be the amount that would trigger a transfer, and Brighton would accept that would allow Ben White to leave for.
“There’s another £6 million in performance-related variables and the majority of those should be easily achieved as the majority of them are dependent on Arsenal appearances.
“Mikel Arteta is very much driving this move – Arteta sees Ben White as a future captain of the club and a player central to the rebuild he’s trying to achieve there.”
White made his senior debut for Brighton back in August 2016 under former Seagulls manager Chris Hughton during a Carabao Cup win over Colchester United.
Since then, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £25.2 million, has been on numerous loan spells with clubs such as Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United, making 41 appearances for Brighton across all competitions as well.
TIF Thoughts on Duncan Castles’ comments on Arsenal’s chase for White…
With Mikel Arteta’s side now having lodged a third bid to Brighton for White according to Castles, this shows just how keen the north London club are to add the defender to their squad.
Do you think Ben White could potentially be a future Arsenal captain if he is signed?
In our view, if Arsenal can secure White’s signature this summer ahead of other Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea, who also reportedly have an interest in the Englishman, then this could prove to be a very important long-term investment for the club given White’s age, especially with Castles’ claim that Arteta sees him as a future Gunners captain.
Also, with current Arsenal defender William Saliba looking set to join French club Marseille on a loan deal, this could potentially open a place for White in Arteta’s squad.