Brighton have rejected two bids for Ben White from Leeds United, according to reports. They suggest Liverpool would need to pay around £30m for the player.
Sky Sports makes the claim. They say that Leeds bid twice for Ben White, a player they had on loan last season as they won the Championship.
Brighton, however, rejected both and want to tie White down to a new contract. The player has rejected two offers of a new deal from the Seagulls – suggesting he wants to head elsewhere.
The size of Leeds bids suggests Liverpool would have to pay a substantial fee, though.
Leeds originally offered £18.5m, according to Sky. That seems like a healthy sum for Brighton, given White has never played in the Premier League. He only has two appearances for the club, in fact, with both coming in the League Cup.
Failure with that bid prompted Leeds to up the offer to £22m. Brighton, again, rejected it. They appear to want quite a sum.
We’re only two weeks out of the season, after all, and Brighton have already rejected two bids. It seems reasonable to believe they want quite a bit more than £22m, then.
A hard sell
Altogether, this seems like a difficult deal for Liverpool. Would they really spend close to £30m on a fourth-choice centre-half? We’re not so sure. Especially in the current economic climate.
Yes, the hope would be that White develops into much more than that. Initially, though, he’d be behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Paying £30m for that seems tough right now and there would be doubts that the player even wanted it.
Leeds can offer him plenty, after all. He knows he works well there and would be a first-choice player. Liverpool just can’t offer the latter.
So we’re not sure this one will happen. While they may turn White’s head, Liverpool don’t appear likely to convince Brighton to sell cheap. The ball is in Leeds’ court then – if they’ll pay the big fee, the player is surely theirs.