Brighton place £50m price-tag on Ben White after England call-up

Brighton place £50m price-tag on defender Ben White after his call-up to England’s squad for Euro 2020… amid interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool

  • Ben White was called-up as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s replacement for England 
  • The 23-year-old’s inclusion gives Gareth Southgate some defensive cover 
  • White has been attracting interest from Manchester Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool
  • But his club, Brighton, have placed a lofty valuation on White for this summer  
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Brighton will fend off interest in England new boy Ben White by placing a £50million valuation on the defender.

The centre back has gatecrashed the Euro squad, with head coach Gareth Southgate confirming on Monday that White would replace Trent Alexander-Arnold in his 26-man party.

The call-up builds on White’s impressive first season in the Premier League, which has attracted interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Brighton will fend off interest in Ben White by placing a £50million valuation on the defender 

White (right) has gatecrashed England’s Euro 2020 squad after an injury saw a spot open up

Brighton are keen to keep White for next season given his importance to the team. The club’s huge valuation is likely to be met with resistance from White’s suitors, but an offer of £50million could be too good for Brighton to turn down.

Indeed, in a recent interview Brighton chief executive Paul Barber admitted: ‘We know some of our best players aren’t going to be with us for ever and, if the right offer comes along and they want to leave, then they can go.’

The south coast club rejected a £25m bid from Leeds last season and White’s fine form and subsequent England call-up has seen his value sky-rocket.

Brighton rejected a £25m bid from Leeds last season for the 23-year-old centre back (right) 

The Seagulls are under no pressure to sell given the defender has three years to run on his existing deal and the fact that they are on a solid financial footing.

Indeed, Brighton may even look to cement White’s future by offering him a new contract on his return from the Euros.

White, who has been supported tirelessly by his family during his career, said he was ‘beyond proud and honoured’ to be named in the England squad on Monday. 

White’s inclusion gives Gareth Southgate cover in defence for the tournament’s group-stage

His inclusion provides Southgate with extra defensive cover as Manchester United’s Harry Maguire struggles to be fit to feature in any of the three group matches due to an ankle problem.

It will become clearer this week if Southgate intends to stick with a conventional back four for Sunday’s game against Croatia or plays three at the back, the system that was the basis of England’s run to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup.

White, along with Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings, will be in contention to play alongside John Stones if England do start with a back three.

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