Brighton have reportedly put a price of £50m on Ben White. It’s a valuation that makes one Liverpool deal look quite spectacular.
The Daily Mail claims Brighton have put a £50m price on Ben White. That comes as Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool look at the defender.
And we can hardly blame them for going big. White looks like a very promising defender who could kick on a few levels over the next couple of years.
He’s certainly a player we’ve talked about before as a potential target. White is still quite young at 23, now has decent Premier League experience, and a skill set that you don’t see too often. He’s comfortable on the ball while still being more than competent at the back.
There’s a reason clubs want him, after all.
We really would have been pretty happy if Liverpool signed White this summer. But as it is, they went in a different direction and it’s one that looks brilliant in comparison.
Brighton set Ben White price
Liverpool needed a centre-back this summer after all the injuries last year. On top of that, there’s a need for young centre-backs as both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip turn 30 this summer.
So they went out and found one. Liverpool paid around £36m to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
And honestly, that deal looks magnificent next to the White price. That’s not to criticise the Brighton man, either – Liverpool just got a spectacular deal here.
For one, Konate is considerably younger than White. The latter turns 24 in October but Konate only had his 22nd birthday two weeks ago.
Yet the Frenchman actually boasts more top-flight experience than White. He’s also played consistently in Europe, with big Champions League games under his belt.
Liverpool, then, found a more-proven player than White for £14m less who also has more room for growth. That’s quite incredible.
White will be a very good player but he still has more to prove. Defending for a team at the top of the game is very different from defending at any other level, after all.
There’s far more defending in isolation and against counter-attacks. Mistakes can be more costly as you aim for win after win after win.
White still has to prove he’s at that level. Konate has done that, however, and at a younger age.
For Liverpool to get that for £36m is an absolute bargain.