Chelsea have made contact with Brighton defender Ben White. Till now, rivals Arsenal were the frontrunners to sign him but the Blues have joined the race now.
The 23-year-old defender was one of the standout performers for Brighton last season including a famous win over Premier League champs Manchester City. As a result, he has now caught eyes of two of the biggest clubs in London.
Although he has three more years left in his contract, Arsenal’s £40million bid has been rejected by the Seagulls. Thus, a higher bid might help Chelsea buy yet another English player.
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Ben White made his professional debut for the Seagulls during the 2016-17 season. But, then he had a few loan stints at Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United. He was in the Leeds team that promoted to the Premier League last season with 28 wins and 93 points in total. White also got an opportunity to represent England in 2021, as a replacement for injured Trent Alexander Arnold.
However, a move to a bigger club would be one of his dreams come true. According to Duncan Castles, who spoke to the Transfer Window Podcast, Chelsea have reportedly made a contact with the youngster.
The Pensioners look a better option for him as they won the Champions League recently. As compared to this, Arsenal were having a poor season and finished at 8th position in the league.
Thomas Tuchel would be keen on building a club for the future and has his eyes set on the next challenge – winning the Premier League! Additionally, his tactics include a back-three and thus, it would be beneficial for him if Ben White joins the London club.
However, Mikel Arteta is also heavily relying on youngsters in Arsenal such as Bukayo Saka. Thus, the Gunners would also be interested to sign him.
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