Brighton respond to Arsenal’s improved transfer bid for Ben White

Brighton are playing hardball with Arsenal who want to sign Ben White (Picture: Getty)

Brighton are continuing to dig their heels in and have rejected Arsenal’s second bid for Ben White.

The Gunners have offered, according to The Sun, a deal worth an initial £42m with the potential for a further £3m in add-ons.

White, who is part of the England squad hoping to reach the latter stages of Euro 2020, is said to be keen on moving to Arsenal, but Brighton are demanding an astonishing £50m plus add-ons.

Arsenal are said to be willing to raise their offer still further to £45m, but the Seagulls are refusing to cave in and are increasingly aware of interest from rival clubs.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund have shown varying levels of interest, but Arsenal still appears to be the versatile defender’s most likely destination.

Ben White could end up costing Arsenal £50m (Picture: Getty)

White’s impending arrival could have ramifications for William Saliba, who is still waiting to make his competitive debut for Arsenal having joined them nearly two years ago from Saint-Etienne in a £30m deal.

Saliba spent last season on loan at Nice from January onwards and now looks likely to miss pre-season after he was called up to the France squad ahead of the upcoming Olympics.

Arsenal are yet to make their first signing of the current window, but they were boosted on Friday by confirmation of Kieran Tierney’s decision to sign a new long-term contract.

‘The club have been brilliant with me so I am more than happy to sign this contract,’ said The Scotland international.

‘It was amazing to hear when the manager told me ‘we want to extend your deal because we’re so happy with how you’ve come along’.

‘Working with the manager and all the players is an absolute joy and the vision and the expectations of the club are why I signed.

‘We’re not where we want to be right now but we’re going in the right direction.’

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