Man United pulled out of Ben White move over inflated price tag

Arsenal are fully expected to announce the Brighton defender Ben White as their third signing of the season very shortly, and he will certainly be the most expensive, with reports that the Gunners are going to be splashing out more than 50million to sign him from the Seagulls.

It has been discussed many times on JustArsenal as to whether the Gunners should be laying out such a large part of their transfer budget on yet another defender, but it would appear that their willingness to pay such a large amount has deterred other big clubs, like Man United, from continuing their interest in the talented but not yet completely proven 23-year-old.

The ex-Man United midfielder Luke Chadwick believes that United were keen but realised that they could get the much more experienced superstar Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for a similar price.

“I think Ben White’s got incredible potential, he’s shown that on loan at Leeds and with Brighton last season,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside. “But I think the price tag may have put a lot of clubs off.

“He’s maybe not the most proven player in the Premier League just yet, though in fairness I think it’s a good move for him to go to Arsenal. Having paid that much for him I think they’ll build their defence around him and it’s an opportunity for him to start every game, and really prove himself at a big club.

“Arsenal are struggling at the minute and looking to get back towards the top of the league, so I think it’s a good move for all sides. If you look at the price tag and United can get hold of Varane for a similar price, I think it makes sense to go for a proven player, a World Cup winner, who can hit the ground running.

“So I’m not that surprised United didn’t go in for Ben White at that price, but I do think he’s got brilliant potential and it could be a good move for Arsenal.”

It is obvious that Mikel Arteta thinks that Ben White is an integral part of his new young team that he is currently building and is hoping he is going to grow into a being a superstar in his own right.

But many others are thinking it is a big risk at the price….

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29 Comments

  1. Dan kit says:

    But signed sancho for 73 million 😂

    1. billy says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. No problem paying 50m for White if structured correctly. 10m x yrs? Need to keep some back to waste on a twice relegated keeper

    2. Havyn says:

      Nonesense
      They signed Maquire 80
      Pogba 89
      Wan-Bissaka 50
      Sancho 73

      Are they saying Wan-Bissaka is better?
      Nonsense

      1. Havyn says:

        Am at a loss what Edu is doing
        He should sell
        1. Elneny-below stabdard
        2. Laca-bought for 52m at 182k wages delivered on 65 goals, not good.
        3. Eddie-Given chances but still poor
        4. Kolasinac-very poor, caused us many defeats
        5. Bellerin-Has served his purpose
        6. Cedric-Can’t understand why we bought him-poor Kia Joorabchan purchase
        7. Leno-Can’t win us anything, should’ve rather kept Martinez
        8. Willian-sell another poor Kia purchase
        9. AMN-If he insist on playing in the midfield
        10. Runarson-poor judgement by GK coach

        Total clean up of misfits

        1. jon fox says:

          And who will buy them? You?

          If only , in the REAL world, where you obviously do not live, selling dud players was as simple as you seem to think! They are not cornflakes, please remember!

          NOT THAT LACA NOR LENO ARE DUDS, THAT IS JUST YOUR OPINION!

        2. Jay says:

          Lacazette is one the best support strikers in the league, but for his age and contract situation, we shouldn’t even contemplate selling as he is a big game player and works hard for the team when without the ball. Tammy coming in for him is a total downgrade and smacks of lack of ambition on the strikers front and for the amount being brandished? It’s a no no for me. If you’re not good enough for chelsea with their dud strikers like Werner why the interest by arsenal?
          Leno as well had been one of the top five keepers in the EPL, but for the bit loss of form after his Injury. All the talk about Martinez should be in the past, he didn’t want to stay except he was guaranteed the number 1 spot even before the season started. No coach would do that when you have a very good number 1 who was coming back from injury. Martinez should have waited one more season to convince the manager he was better than a fit Leno. His going to Villa didn’t put them above arsenal on the league table and I don’t have the records that he conceded lesser goals than Leno. Martinez belongs to Villa now, and Leno is our Keeper, let’s support our own to get back his confidence and get better until we are able to get someone better, and from all the names been linked to us, I’ve not seen any that is clearly better than Bernard Leno.
          CoyG

        3. Marty says:

          Do you not think we’ve been trying to sell some of these players ? This isn’t Championship Football on a computer you know, you actually have to have a club who wants them.

      2. NY_Gunner says:

        @Havyn
        Guess you haven’t been watching Bissaka play… He has proven himself to be worth it. And then some…

        1. Brian says:

          We’ve all seen him play but like most on a site called “Just Arsenal” l only saw the odd game as being an Arsenal fan I didn’t watch every Man utd game like you seem to have done!

      3. Biscuitbum says:

        Wan-Bissaka might find himself available – wouldn’t want him though.

  2. Brian says:

    Just another example of the medias anti Arsenal bias.
    We pull the plug on our interest in Buendia because we didn’t want to pay what Villa did and get headlines like “Villa beat Arsenal to sign Buendia”.
    We beat off interest from Liverpool, Chelski and Utd for White and its because we paid too much lol

  3. Havyn says:

    Am at a loss what Edu is doing
    He should sell
    1. Elneny-below stabdard
    2. Laca-bought for 52m at 182k wages delivered on 65 goals, not good.
    3. Eddie-Given chances but still poor
    4. Kolasinac-very poor, caused us many defeats
    5. Bellerin-Has served his purpose
    6. Cedric-Can’t understand why we bought him-poor Kia Joorabchan purchase
    7. Leno-Can’t win us anything, should’ve rather kept Martinez
    8. Willian-sell another poor Kia purchase
    9. AMN-If he insist on playing in the midfield
    10. Runarson-poor judgement by GK coach

    Total clean up of misfits

    1. Qutie says:

      🙄🙄 That’s 10 players!!! Who will replace them? Or do we buy 10players to replace them?
      What if the ones we have gets injured?
      Things are not done that way!!

    2. Biscuitbum says:

      Agree with all that, but I have hopes we are learning our lesson. At least I thought so until I read we were close to signing Tammy Abraham. God I hope not!

  4. Yossarian says:

    “Arsenal beat Man Utd to sign transfer target”

    Looking forward to seeing this get over-the-line and then see a good midfielder added as well.

  5. Mobyss says:

    Yet they signed Sancho for $73 Million

    1. Brian says:

      £73 million not $73million we play in UK and use pounds not dollars lol

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

    most informed fans clearly understand we paid over the number for White…now this could prove to be a bargain, down the line, but that doesn’t change the reality of this particular moment in time…that said, if we manager to properly address our most pressing needs before the window closes, then I will be far less concerned about this scenario, but if we don’t due to a lack of available funds, then this will be a much tougher pill to swallow

    1. Brian says:

      Most “well informed fans” understand that there’s extra to pay when buying a homegrown player when theres restrictions on the number of overseas players a club can include in their squads.
      Just because its what you think doesn’t make it a “informed” opinion and certainly doesn’t give you the right to belittle others opinions

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

        read what you wrote again, funny guy…the irony of your statement is absolutely hilarious, but of course, I’m sure you knew that all along, right?

        1. Brian says:

          Suggest u read both what l said and what u said!
          But to help l will point it out
          I didn’t claim to be “informed” in the way you appeared to do.
          What l did was explain why the price was a high one where as u in one breath claimed “we had paid over the number” then claimed it could be “a bargain” which one is it???

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

            I stand corrected, you clearly aren’t within the ranks of the “informed”…I apologize for wrongly including you

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

    manage NOT manager(Freudian slip of sorts)

  8. RSH says:

    media hates arsenal, or rather they love to use us for clicks. Espescilly sky sports. They literally put up false headlines now on twiter just to get clicks. Really gone down the drain this past decade, havent they.

  9. Biscuitbum says:

    Most clubs would agree that £50m is a lot to pay for a defender, but at least we have done the deal rather than refuse to pay the money and then seen the player sign in the last week of the window to a rival for £30m, as Brighton need the money to pay for their incomings. I am constantly amazed at how many people posting here and elsewhere are keen to save Kroenke’s money. Buy X because he’s a cheaper option than Y. Our main rivals Don’t go for second or third best.

    1. RSH says:

      agree. if united had stumped up the money for white and they got him instead we’d be complaining how we got beat, and media would be praising united. can’t let the media determine how we should feel. Good on Arsenal for getting this deal done.

    2. ken1945 says:

      Biscuitbum, I’m amazed at how many people on here want to spend kronkie’s money!!!!!

  10. Reggie says:

    Utd a top 4 team borking at 50 mil for a Brighton player, so that they can get a Real Madrid, experienced player from Madrid for the same money.

    1. Brian says:

      The door for fake fans and utd fans is 2nd on the right pal ..don’t slam it on your way out!!

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