Arsenal have agreed a deal to signal Brighton centre-back Ben White for £50m.
Sky Sports activities Information reported Arsenal had a £40m bid rejected in June with one other transfer for a worth of £47m subsequently rejected.
However with discussions persevering with into July, the 2 Premier League golf equipment appear to have reached an settlement on a deal that can see Brighton get a assured £50m from structured funds with no add ons.
Brighton have additionally inserted a sell-on clause for White, who was chosen by Gareth Southgate for England’s Euro 2020 marketing campaign.
The 23-year-old is predicted to take a medical when he returns from vacation on July 26.
After leaving Southampton in 2014, White secured a transfer to Brighton and at last made his mark on the south coast following mortgage spells with Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United.
After breaking into the primary group on the Amex Stadium he impressed final season within the Premier League within the coronary heart of the defence.
He additionally helped Brighton survive relegation and end sixteenth within the high flight with the joint-best defence within the backside half of the league (46 targets conceded).
The Gunners need to bolster their defence after ending eighth within the Premier League and lacking out on European soccer for the primary time for the reason that 1994-95 season.
By Sky Sports activities’ Nick Wright
Arsenal’s pursuit of Ben White has brought on puzzlement amongst some supporters. For a facet with the third-best defensive document within the Premier League final season, would not £50m be higher spent elsewhere?
However for Mikel Arteta, like many coaches within the trendy sport, a central defender’s remit is just not merely to maintain the ball out of his personal internet. It’s to maneuver it upfield as precisely and successfully as attainable, and in doing so change into the start line of the group’s assaults.
Arteta regards enjoying out from the again as a key tenet of his philosophy, however progressing the ball from one finish of the pitch to the opposite has been a persistent downside throughout his tenure – significantly when he has been with out David Luiz, whose departure this summer time has left a ball-playing void within the coronary heart of Arsenal’s defence.
Arsenal switch updates: Bellerin, Lokonga
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has informed Arsenal he desires a brand new problem.
Talks continue with Inter over a switch, and whereas Arsenal desire a everlasting deal – or a minimum of a mortgage with an obligation to purchase – the Serie A champions choose a mortgage with an choice to purchase.
Bellerin would welcome the transfer to Italy, and along with his Arsenal contract up in 2023, he is not going to be extending his keep on the Emirates.
The 26-year-old is with the Arsenal squad in Scotland and got here off the bench in Tuesday’s pre-season defeat at Hibernian.
Albert Sambi Lokonga’s transfer from Anderlecht to Arsenal might be finalised as soon as the participant is out of quarantine.
Lokonga is in London after a deal was agreed final week. He might want to take remaining medical checks earlier than the deal is formally introduced, with the payment believed to be round £15m.
Arsenal will begin their 2021/22 Premier League marketing campaign away at newcomers Brentford on Saturday August 14.
Mikel Arteta’s facet, who completed a disappointing eighth within the Premier League desk, then have a London derby on the Emirates towards European champions Chelsea on August 21, earlier than going to present champions Manchester Metropolis on August 28.
Arsenal’s first north London derby comes on the weekend of September 25 at residence to Tottenham, whereas the return fixture might be on the weekend of January 15 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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