Manchester United reportedly inquired about Brighton & Hove Albion center-back Ben White.
The defender has been linked with a move towards Liverpool and Chelsea in the past. However, a decision never materialized as both clubs scoffed at Brighton’s £ 50million asking price.
Manchester United are set to sign a center-back this summer as they seek a competent partner for skipper Harry Maguire. The duo of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly was good, but only in patches because they lacked consistency. White’s impressive performances for Brighton have caught the attention of several top teams this season, including United among them.
According to Jonathan Shrager, Manchester United are currently monitoring Ben White and have already made inquiries about the 23-year-old.
Ben White would be a long-term fix for Manchester United
Ben White first came to prominence during a loan spell under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. The Englishman has made mature displays for the Yorkshire side in the championship.
Under Bielsa, scoring men and the ability to play from behind were crucial parts of the squad as they ran away with the league to secure promotion to the Premier League last summer.
Since then White has signed a contract extension at Brighton which will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2024. This ensures the ball is firmly in the Seagulls’ court when it comes to an asking price.
Considering he has been a key player for the team, White won’t be cheap and Brighton may well keep his asking price at £ 50million or maybe even ask for more this summer.
At 23, White may be worth the investment as he has shown his potential and continues to improve. It’s his first full season in the Premier League and he’s done quite well for a player his age.
White has made 26 Premier League appearances for Brighton so far this season and has been a key player for the Seagulls under Graham Potter. Brighton is playing an expansive game with a good football from behind and White is often the orchestrator of his own half.
With his skills and age, Ben White would be a good long-term investment for Manchester United.