If Leeds want to sign loan star Ben White permanently, they’ll have to pay over £40m, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
On Sunday morning he claimed that the Brighton man has got a new contact lined up on the south coast, which means the Seagulls surely want him to be part of the first-team squad next season.
Would you pay £50m for Ben White?
He could be inclined to accept it with them now six points clear of the relegation zone.
He’s a Brighton player. He’s got a new contract lined up. If he wants to go it will be 40-50m. https://t.co/bBz6qtpj4q
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 28, 2020
The 22-year-old has been an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s sid this season and arguably has been the player of the season so far.
Per WhoScored, White has averaged 2.9 clearances, 2.3 interceptions 1.8 tackles and 55.7 passes per game from 39 Championship appearances.
You won’t find someone at Elland Road who doesn’t want to see him join the club permanently, but as Nixon mentions, it may prove hard – that’s ignoring the fact that some of the top-flight’s biggest clubs are also eyeing him up.
Phil Hay revealed earlier in the season that both Manchester teams as well as PL champions Liverpool have been taking a keen interest in him ahead of the summer window.
£40m-£50m could be a snip considering the riches the west Yorkshiremen will gain from promotion – Villa pocketed around £170m from winning the playoffs last season, for example.