Arsenal have made a £40 million offer for Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion.
However, according to Sky Sports writer Dharmesh Sheth, the Seagulls have rejected the offer.
Both teams are continuing discussions, and the Gunners are likely to make a better offer.
This may be a major setback for Leeds United’s pursuit of the England international.
According to Sunday Times writer Duncan Castles, the Elland Road club want to lure White back to Yorkshire this summer, but are concerned that Brighton’s demands would stymie their efforts.
Leeds moved on after their efforts and offers for the 23-year-old were rebuffed last summer, and according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, it would take more than £50 million to get him.
While Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is a fan of White after his successful loan stint in 2019-20, which resulted in his side’s Premier League promotion, a transfer is unlikely.
Given their recruiting approach, the Whites are averse to spending significantly on individuals, and there is no way they would part with £50 million for a single player.
That is a whole transfer window’s budget, and they will seek elsewhere if they need a centre-back.
After acquiring Robin Koch and Diego Llorente last summer, it does not seem as if the Peacocks are prioritizing another central defender at the moment.
A new left-back is critical, and that is an area in which Director of Football Victor Orta and Bielsa will seek to reinforce.