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‘It’s a lot of money!’ – Ray Parlour gives verdict on Arsenal’s £50m transfer push for Ben White


The Gunners are hoping to land the centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)

Ray Parlour says Ben White would be a good signing for Arsenal but feels £50million is ‘a lot of money’ for the Brighton centre-back.

After finishing eighth in the Premier League last season and missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years, the Gunners are looking to overhaul their squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Widespread reports claim that the north London club are in advanced talks to sign White from the Seagulls in a deal worth up to £50m.

Arteta’s Arsenal finished eighth last season (Picture: Getty Images)

The 23-year-old impressed for Brighton last season and earned himself a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

Despite his price tag, Arsenal legend Parlour thinks the defender would be a good addition to Arteta’s side.

‘He’s young enough and he’s a good player, he’s now in the England set up as well,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.

‘I think he’d be a decent signing but £50m is a lot of money. I don’t know how much Arsenal have got to spend this summer.

‘He will certainly be a good signing if they can get him, whether they can or not we will have to wait and see.

‘It’s a lot of money but if you want a player so badly… I don’t think his wages would be big.

‘So, over a five year period we aren’t going to give him the money that if you get an established star who’s in their prime, they’re going to have to pay him a lot of money in wages.’

Meanwhile, another Gunners legend, former goalkeeper David Seaman, is also in favour of the club bringing in White.

‘He’s got everything [needed] to go and take hold of it and give it his best shot,’ Seaman told Goal of White.

‘He’s got the physique, he’s got the temperament. At Leeds it’s a high-press, high-tempo game, so his fitness is also not in doubt.

‘The only question mark you can put on him is can he play in the big games? But we’ll just have to wait and see, because he’s not played in them yet.

‘Hopefully he will go on and play for England and when he does that, hopefully he will carry on [with his development].

‘Would he be a good signing for Arsenal? Of course he would because he’s a good player.’


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