Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool circle £35m-rated Brighton man - but how likely is a deal?

Ben White is the name on Brighton and Leeds United fans’ lips at the moment – here, we take a look at the story so far and how likely a deal is.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 4:10 pm
Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool circle £35m-rated Brighton man - but how likely is a deal?

WHAT'S THE STORY?

The Brighton defender – who spent last season on loan at title-winning Leeds United – is set to return to the Amex Stadium.

However, such has been the quality of his performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, several clubs have emerged as contenders to sign the 22-year-old.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all reportedly monitored White during his loan spell.

SkyBet are offering odds on White’s next move, with Leeds priced at 7/4 favorites to re-sign the Elland Road favourite on a permanent deal.

The rest of the contenders are Leicester City (12/1), Liverpool (12/2), Everton (20/1) and, bizarrely, Sheffield Wednesday (33/1).

WHAT IS GRAHAM POTTER’S STANCE?

Brighton’s head coach believes the young defender is ‘100%’ ready for the Premier League and expects White to provide a good option to his squad.

He said: "He brings a different type of centre-back. I think he complements the others really well. He has got attributes that are really, really useful and he is going to be a top player.”

WHAT HAS BEN WHITE SAID RECENTLY?

Interestingly, the defender penned a heartfelt thank you/goodbye message to Leeds United.

"Having had some time to reflect on what has been the most incredible season I wanted to take the time to thank everyone associated with Leeds United Football Club, including the incredible supporters," he said in an Instagram post.

"No matter what happens from here I will never forget the way you took me in and treated me as one of your own from day one. These memories and experiences will be with me forever. #MOT"

WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN?

Well, it’s tough to say – and White could well end up staying put on the south coast.

Leeds United would have to part with the lion’s share of their budget to complete a deal, and Liverpool have reportedly been told they will have to pay at least £35m for White.

But as of yet, no formal bids have been made, meaning this story probably has some way to run.

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