Everton reportedly make bigger offer than Arsenal for Ben White

Everton ready to foil Arsenal’s Ben White party

Everton are trying to put an end to Arsenal’s pursuit of Ben White, according to English news outlet DailyMail.

The Toffees are believed to have acted fast in approaching the Brighton and Hove Albion defender after Rafa Benitez was confirmed as the manager at Goodison Park.

The report further suggested that Everton have held talks with The Seagulls over a £50million transfer for the defender, who is currently involved in the European Championships for England, with £5m available to the south coast club in add-ons, a package that trumps the one offered by Arsenal last week.

The Gunners looked to have won the race for White

The Southeastern club has already rejected two bids from Arsenal, with the first package believed to be £40 million + 5 in add ons. While the second one was closer to Brighton’s valuation at £45 million + 5.

However, Everton are happy to offer the Seagulls are guaranteed fee of £50 (5m on add ons), an offer which can conclude the deal in coming weeks.

After Arsenal realized that signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmon Tapsoba would not be viable in this transfer window, they moved in quickly for White.

There was confidence between both the camps that the deal can be reached. Nonetheless, the Gunners could pay for acting slow in getting the deal over the line, with Everton showing serious interest.

Some Arsenal fans have made their feelings heard

That will be a blow to Arsenal, even though they are close to agreeing a deal for Benfica’s Nuno Tavares and Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga.

In the reported “summer overhaul” Arsenal are yet to sign a player and have offloaded just one in Dinos Mavrapanos. The wheel needs to start moving if the Gunners want to achieve their summer targets.

The Everton news might have come out from the Brighton’s camp, who might be looking to tempt Arsenal into paying more for their coveted defender.

Things are expected to get clearer today. Let’s see what happens.

Yash Bisht

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  1. A J says:

    Perhaps an insight into the direction we would have taken (if we “did not want his type” at our club) under Alisher Usmanov” and his business partner Farhad Moshiri ;

    ” Alisher Usmanov is backing Everton’s controversial move for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. … Billionaire Usmanov is not a shareholder at Everton, but he is a long-time business partner of Moshiri and his companies such as USM and MegaFon are major sponsors”.

    As we now know, the above appointment has been made (seemingly) quickly and without fuss.

    Sit back and watch Everton get to work.

    As for White.

    Everton’s bid will be cash up front, with an “improved” personal package for the player.

    Buendia Mk II ?

    We shall see.

  2. Hila says:

    If Brighton don’t want 45m from arsenal then they can sell wherever they want. We don’t have big defensive problems

    1. PJ-SA says:

      We do actually. Defence is the base of any teams attack and our defence + Xhaka is horrifically slow at getting the ball forward. Why do you think teams just sit deep against us? Because we allow them the opportunity by playing so slow out from the back.

      1. A J says:


        Spot on.

        Arsenal’s bid for White is as much based on his “ball playing ability” (from the back) as much as his defending (plus the fact he can be utilised in 2 or 3 positions).

        Lewis Dunk at Brighton may be the better actual defender, but M A is a complete devotee of playing out from the back – hence White.

        However, many would argue Saliba is a ball playing centre back ???

  3. GunneRay says:

    This is so typical of Arsenal. None of us would be surprised to see Arsenal pinching the bottom of the barrel to save a few quid and completely screw up another transfer (again). They just never learn from passed mistakes. They’re laughable and embarrassing!

    Considering the pressure that the club, Edu and MA are under, you would expect them to be fully aware of the consequences should they fail to turn things round next season.

    The fact that teams like Aston Villa and Everton can have such an impact on our transfer dealings shown how far we have fallen. No disrespect to any of them teams but when you consider the gulf in club worth it obviously makes no difference when it comes to ambition!

  4. CorporateMan says:

    Chris Wheatley just confidently claimed that the White deal is all but complete and would be wrapped up once the Euros end. White is expected to be an Arsenal player.
    But, honestly I would not be devastated if this deal were to not happen. I still strongly feel that Arsenal have no business forking out 50m+ quid on this kid when our midfield is crying for at least two more world class players that would be expected to cost a whole lot of money.
    But I’m willing to wait and see what happens at the end of the window

  5. Ozziegunner says:

    Many of us are already concerned that Ben White is overpriced. One has to trust that Edu, Arteta and Garlick have put a valuation on Ben White, which they stick to. Time will tell whether they are right or wrong.
    Some may argue that Arsenal may lose out for £5 million, but since when is that an insignificant amount, even for a football club in times of restricted incomes? Arsenal have other pressing positions to fill.

    1. SueP says:

      How right you are about the minuscule sum of £5million. Nuno isn’t much more than that by all accounts. It’s hardly confetti!!!

  6. Hila says:

    Saliba and Gabriel can play from the back. Brighton are trying hard ball with us. We are not in for that. In the championship there are alot of defenders who play from the back just like him. Just because he can play from the back Brighton thinks they have found a Free cow🐄 to milk. Go and watch championship defenders, they are very quick, mobile and aggressive
    Am not suggesting we buy championship players. I like Ben white and I want us to sign him but this whole saga is turning to be a overrating for a player just because he is on the spot light

  7. Loose Cannon says:

    So funny, a few days back many arm chair pundits were smirking over the fact that Mikel wanted Ben for some 50M, now that Everton/City are willing to pay more than 50M, means that Mikel/edu were right in their evaluation and now suddenly Ben becomes the next big thing because Rafa /Pep seem interested. Days back many accused Mikel/Edu of not knowing where to invest.
    Np doubt Ben is a top top player, anything more than 50M, then he should not be our player.

    1. mish says:

      dont em arsenal fans……..arm chair pundits/kitchen cabinet coaches, now city is in the mix. their criticism of ben white and edu’s decision will subside

  8. Diction Hagoi says:

    Arsenal will sign Ben White if they are genuinely interested in him, is Ben White such a priority signing for Arsenal such that if he is Overprised Arsenal will still go ahead and sign him?
    I think the priority positions for Arsenal are Central defensive midfield and Central attacking midfield(number10),especially given that it is being reported that a deal for a backup left back has already been finalised.

  9. VasC says:

    I’m wondering how Ben White playing out from the back is going to help Arsenal if we ever sign him.

    Who is he going to play the ball from the back once we regain possession?

    Both our wingers will be hand-in-hand assisting our full backs and our lone striker will be defending closer to our own 18 yard box than the opponents and two of the opponents CBs effectively marshaling near the center circle.

    What Arsenal need is a goal-scoring CB right now. Someone who can attack the ball and score goals from corners and set-pieces.

    If Aston Villa come up with another bid for ESR, we must ask them to release John Terry to PLAY for us. They don’t make goal scoring CBs like him anymore.

    1. Ik says:

      You forgot vermaelin

  10. Mayor Francis says:

    I still believe that White will be a Gunner next season. We desperately need a wonderful number 8 to complete the jigsaw.

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