Brighton ‘delighted’ with £50m Arsenal deal and sell-on clause for Ben White

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Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly delighted with the £50million they received for Ben White ahead of his move to Arsenal.

The defender is set to join the Gunners on a five-year-deal after completing a two-day physical assessment at their London Colney training ground.

Arsenal had pursued the England defender, who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, since the start of the summer but were met with resistance by Brighton over a transfer fee.

The Seagulls eventually agreed to a hefty sum for the player along with a sell-on clause which could see them earn an additional £20million.

The North Londoners initially bid £40million prior to Euro 2020 which was rejected, before their follow-up offer of £47million was also turned down.

It is likely that Brighton were aware of Arsenal’s desperation in signing a replacement for David Luiz whose contract ran out this summer and were therefore confident in receiving more for the Englishman.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly a huge fan of the 23-year-old’s ability to play out from the back, a trait which played an important part in the Gunners’ persistence in trying to sign him.

White is more skilled on the ball than counterpart Rob Holding, allowing Arteta’s side to move quickly in transitions – something they lacked for the duration of last season.

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The ex-Leeds United loanee is expected to take-on the prestigious number four shirt previously worn by Cesc Fabregas and Patrick Vieira, despite it officially belonging to William Saliba.

He is set to make his first appearance for the Gunners in their friendly match against Chelsea at home on Sunday.

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