According to Sunday Times writer Duncan Castles, Leeds United are interested in acquiring Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Ben White this summer.
The 23-year-old spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Elland Road, where he was instrumental in the Whites’ promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
Leeds sought to retain White permanently last summer after an outstanding season, but Brighton rejected their proposals and are ready to do so once again.
They value the England international at more over £50 million, but the Yorkshire club are unlikely to pay that sum.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly still a major admirer of White and is looking to buy a centre-back this summer.
In January, the Whites manager lavished accolades on the English defender, expressing his affection, love, and respect for him.
His club surrendered 54 Premier League goals in 2020-21, more than relegated Fulham, and the Argentine is well aware that he has to shore up his defense.
White made an immediate impact in the Premier League last season, appearing in 36 matches for Graham Potter’s team.
His efforts drew Gareth Southgate’s attention, and he has subsequently made two appearances for the Three Lions.
White would instantly bolster Leeds’ defense and aid the club’s prospects of qualifying for Europe next season if a summer deal materializes, but it’s difficult to see that happening.
While he is almost certain to leave Brighton sooner or later, a transfer to one of the bigwigs capable of paying his high cost seems more plausible, forcing the Whites to hunt elsewhere for the robust defensive reinforcements they need.