Brighton respond to suggestions that Arsenal is close to completing White transfer

Brighton has rubbished rumours that Arsenal has reached an agreement with them over the transfer of Ben White.

White has been the Gunners’ top transfer target in this window and they have reportedly been in talks with the Seagulls over signing him.

He is currently with the England national team at Euro 2020 and the transfer will probably be completed when he has returned from the competition.

Both clubs had struggled to agree on a fee but it has been suggested that Arsenal has finally found a breakthrough in talks with the South Coast club.

However, a prominent source close to Graham Potter’s side, told The Argus as cited by Metro Sport that the reports of an agreement being reached are rubbish.

The report even went on to insist that Brighton is still confident of keeping hold of him for another season.

White remains an integral part of their plans as they bid to become a mainstay in the Premier League.

Arsenal has other centre-back targets and they would be smart to move on from White if Brighton continues to drag their feet over reaching an agreement with them.

White also has interest from Chelsea and the Blues will present major competition if they become serious because they can offer him Champions League football.

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  1. Declan says:

    Sounds like it’s all going Pete Tong to me.

  2. Jd says:

    How on earth anyone believe arsenal can sign an England player is beyond my understanding, so they haven’t sign any top player, that’s why selling a player like guendoze is a massive mess up by arteta, he could have tried to manage him, in 4 yrs time arsenal would not be able to bid for him talkless of buying him anymore, good example is garnaby, arsenal is not an attractive club for any top ambitious football player, they have flatter people with their past Glory but not anymore

    1. Atid says:

      Fact is we can only have 17 non-homegrown and 8 homegrown.

      Because of our poor investments in non-hg we have to look at homegrown until we balance the squad. England players and HG are mainly out of our reach, yet we have a few decent ones that everyone including the manager are not impressed by.

      Ben White is a decent player, better than holding, Gabriel, mari and saliba, proven in the premier League and is worth pursuing.

      But if it goes higher than 50m, we should simply pull out. I personally think Arteta is wrong about Saliba and should play him. But he is being stubborn about wanting his own players in my opinion.

      I know vasC is going to start name calling and trolling now because I have my own opinion, so I am leaving it there.

      1. Declan says:

        I think you just responded to a another trol my friend!

    2. Grandad says:

      “Rubbish” is a very apt description of the rumour mill which is set alight by the press and media throughout the year, but particularly during the transfer windows.As sensible fans we should take most of what we hear and read with a pinch of salt until deals are formally confirmed by the Clubs involved.

      1. SueP says:

        I wish I had read your post before responding to one about Saliba
        It’s the silly season

  3. Durand says:

    Not a big deal, his passing stats and completion percentage are low compared to other PL CB’s. Read an article comparing him and Saliba, and it was a bit sobering. Clearly not twice as good as Saliba, relating price between the two.

    Great example of an “English tax” for homegrown players, more reason to develop our youth; homegrown quota and avoid getting mugged in English market.

    If White is worth £50 million, then ESR is surely around the same if accounting for productivity and stats.

  4. Ivor Boofty says:

    Same old gunners, dithering until they have to do a rush buy. If white stays at brighton, it will be interesting to see who finishes highest. as he is picked for the national squad, some people outside of London think he might be some good

  5. Wanjala samson says:

    Why Arsenal’s transfers always delays?

  6. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    For all you Martinez naysayers, I hope you’re able to take a few minutes out of your day to checkout his penalty kick performance in the Copa Semis last evening…only this floundering club would ship out such a gem, who was far better suited for the task at hand, then less than a year later be seriously contemplating replacing the very individual they mistakenly chose…Emi is currently being considered as one of the best Keepers in the world, whereas we’re currently a mess with seemingly no sense of direction whatsoever

    1. Rashid80 says:

      Not only that.. our defense was much more organized with him because he was actually vocal and gave instructions to the defense something Leno will never be able to do.. Arteta is a big fraud and his quality meter is disabled.. Who ever supporting Arteta is supporting only Arteta and not the club!

      1. Joe.S says:

        We are continuing to cry over spilt milk though aren’t we guys, one year after the fact. Leno is not Arsenal’s main problem, it’s the manager. regarding White, who of us honestly noticed him when Arsenal were playing Brighton. Most of us had our eyes on Bissouma and the reason for that was because we felt this is what Arsenal are missing. as pointed out above there is Saliba. Let’s hope his raw talent is not lost to Arsenal.

    2. Goonster says:

      More than 90% of our fanbase was not happy with Martinez being sold. Just about 2 or 3 people on here were okay with him sold.
      So you are not saying anything revelatory here..

      1. Kstix says:

        That’s not true, at least 40% where very satisfied he was sold. Go check all the articles written about how Leno was the better one and Martinez shouldn’t feel entitled to play. Go check how fans like myself were silenced each time we voiced out our opinion on how the club were making a big mistake selling Martinez. Infact I’ll take the 40% back and say 60% were Okay that he was sold with the excuse that Oh Leno was our best, where was Martinez the past 10 years when no manager picked him. We kept on telling them then, that because you’ve been used to a loaf of bread all your life and you get 2 loafs for once and you see how much more satisfying it is, should not make you form a dying loyalty to the 1 loaf you’ve been used to.

        And that can be said of practically many Arsenal fans on here. Bias and sentimentality rather than real facts clouds their judgments every single time. I’ve seen it happen over and over again. Rinse and repeat.
        That is one of the reasons why we keep being taken for granted by the Arsenal owners. We can never for once be united in calling a spade a spade and be with a single mind when the club or a player or coach is getting something wrong. The funny part is some tag themselves as old and self-acclaimed realist but they’re too blind to see what’s right in front of their eyes.

        Only God and some miracle or luck will help Arsenal this season because for the first time in a long while, I do not look forward to a new season with Arteta still being coach. Last time I was close to being this disinterested was when wenger would not get anyone in the transfer window or not get what we needed, I knew we were not going to win the epl or ucl. So what was the point.? But at least with wenger, we could boast of some really nice attacking football that even when we lost, I was still proud of the team in some occasions. Not like how it is now, Arsenal is like a headless chicken of a club where no one seems to know what they’re doing. They act like they do to fool the fans, but really they do not. It is pretty exhausting. Rinse and repeat. I will rejoice the day all Arsenal fans wake up and with one voice, take our club back to its glory days. We are easily a sports club for ridicule everywhere these days.

        1. VasC says:

          40% or 60%, whatever the percentage it may be. They were not SATISFIED with the sale of Emi Martinez. They simply ACCEPTED the fact that he is not an Arsenal player any more and moved on with some disappointment.

          There was never a call for Martinez to be our starting GK before he had THAT purple patch. He was treated as just an understudy throughout his Arsenal career. He simply grabbed the opportunity to showcase that he is also a contender for the No. 1 jersey at Arsenal. Unfortunately for Arsenal, he has entered the final year of his contract and a decision had to be made without wasting time.

          It’s similar to RvP situation. Before his pen-ultimate year of his contract at Arsenal, he was never even a 20 league-goals-a-season striker. But, just before entering his final year of his contract, he banged in 30 goals along with 13 assists in a single league campaign.

          Had the club really acted on their boast of “making decisions when the player enters his final 2 year of the current contract”, the Emi Martinez fiasco wouldn’t have happened.

          The most important thing is that the majority of the fan base were not SATISFIED, but simply ACCEPTED and MOVED ON after the Emi Martinez saga.

          I’d like to know how you’d feel, had Emi Martinez stayed at Arsenal for one more season, refused to sign a new contract and left for nothing.

  7. Prof.Wenger says:

    I still can’t understand why we are targeting CB’s when we have Saliba who did well instead of looking for playmakers?

    1. Jay says:

      Saliva has not play any competitive game in the EPL, we’ve only watched him in his comfort zone. The manager who see him on the training pitch more than any of us, said he is not ready for the EPL. Saliba himself said in one of his interview that he was struggling to get his speed bad after his Injury but it had not been easy for him. Allow the manager build his team. The bulk stops at his table. If Saliba is presently better than White or any of our CDs, the club wouldn’t be thing of forking out 50m on BW

      1. Jay says:

        ‘Saliba’ crazy phone

      2. SueP says:

        I’d have to agree in principle to your last sentence
        Why oh why would they consider spending big on a player unless what they have isn’t at the required level?

  8. Phoenix Gunner says:

    Heard Gabriel is injured n might be out of the Olympic games. Would be a kind of blessings in making saliba staying put.
    I rather spend 50m on Tabsoba than Ben white. He is a towering powerful centreback and slug it out with Spurs to acquire takehiru from bologna, that guy has everything and can play in LB, RB n CB. He and Chambers can man the right side of defense.

  9. OnceGreat says:

    Guys, the White to Arsenal transfer was is and always will be another Luiz Suarez story. The club’s interested enough to have its name mentioned in the press, which is always good for the sponsors.

    Reality is that they have what little money they got from loaning Guendouzi and whatever they’ll get for Xhaka and other transfer-listed players. And the way things are going, they’ll amass no more than 50-60M should all of them go. Each transfer-listed footballer has lost half or more od their value while at Arsenal, so there’ll only be enough for pay-and-pray type of cheap replacements.

    Things aren’t looking good and I’m not as confident as before that whatever squad El Pulis ends up with will be able to win more than 60 points in the league.

    We might be saved by in-form displays of Saka, ESR, and Pepe or by Auba’s return to form but I’m a tad doubtful about that.

    Either way, White to Arsenal is porky, any top player to Arsenal is porky for this transfer window.

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