July 30, (THEWILL) – English Premier League side Arsenal have completed their move for England international Ben White, confirming the signing of the centre-back in a deal believed to be worth £50 million on Friday.
That fee makes White the third most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history and the most the club have ever shelled out for a defender ever. In the EPL, only seven defenders have cost more than White’s reported fee: Harry Maguire, Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City quintet Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones.
The 23-year-old becomes Arsenal’s third signing of the summer, joining Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares in the arrivals lounge at the Emirates for the Gunners.
His arrival was pleasing for Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta, who said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons.
“He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.
“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us. And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fits with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”
White was impressive in Brighton’s stay in the EPL last season. The centre-back’s performances also earned him a call-up to the England squad for Euro 2020 and he was with the team all the way to the final.
Before last season’s turn up for Brighton, he was on loan at Leeds in the Championship. He helped the Whites to promotion before being linked with moves to Manchester City and Liverpool only to be taken up by the Gunners.