Liverpool – and Brighton – legend Mark Lawrenson believes Ben White could leap up in price before long. The Reds reportedly want the defender.
The price for Ben White could rise before long and that will impact Liverpool. Journalist James Pearce recently told TV2 that the Brighton defender is ‘an option’ to arrive in January as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman, of course, will likely miss the season with a knee injury.
But if Liverpool do want to sign White, they might have to act soon. That’s if you believe Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson, who recently talked with Brighton paper ‘The Argus’. Lawrenson is familiar with both Liverpool and Brighton, of course, having played over 150 games for the Seagulls before his incredibly successful time at Anfield.
“I think the manager looks at [White] and thinks, the way prices are going, if this lad plays 30 or 40 games in the Premier League, we will be getting £50 million,” said Lawrenson.
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It’s worth noting, too, that Lawrenson isn’t 100% sure that White is ‘ready’ for Liverpool.
“Maybe it might be a bit early for Ben,” he said. “Would you spend that money thinking he might be ready in 18 months? I’m not sure.”
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£50m for White isn’t an unreasonable expectation after a full season in the Premier League. He’s young, English, and capable of playing with the ball on the floor. They’re all factors that will drive his price up once he’s got top-flight experience.
So if Liverpool want White for a cheaper fee, they’ll surely have to act in January. He would still cost a chunk of cash, though, with Brighton reportedly rejected £22m from Leeds United in the summer, per Sky Sports.
His fee will have risen now he’s played in the Premier League and it will continue to go up. If Liverpool see him as a long-term option for the club, they’ll surely have to pay what it takes in January. By the end of the season, he could be too expensive to truly consider.