Brighton defender Ben White would prefer a move to Arsenal over Everton, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.
There have been reports that the Toffees could hijack the Gunners’ £50m swoop for the 23-year-old, but Crook believes Mikel Arteta’s side remain the frontrunners:
#AFC still pushing for Ben White and he would rather go there than #EFC but as yet no fee agreed with anybody #MCFC and (more than likely) #MUFC monitoring developments
— Alex Crook ⚽️? (@alex_crook) July 5, 2021
Supporters on Twitter are calling on Arsenal to get the deal over the line as quickly as possible, to prevent other teams from getting involved in the race for the defender:
Sign the player.
— Onyeøma™ (@onyeoma_kelvin) July 5, 2021
Getting bored already with all these long stories with no ending. @Arsenal should be serious for once in the transfer market please ?.
— Able God (@Olayinkababa) July 5, 2021
Get it done then arsenal or someone will snap him up
— Stefan Dolan (@StefanDolan7) July 5, 2021
I think we back out after the third bid and then he goes to Everton ??♂️
— Brady (@BKArsenal14) July 5, 2021
How far we’ve fallen that we have to fear losing transfer targets to Everton and villa etc, embarrassing
— MoGunner (@MoGunner45) July 5, 2021
Ok then buy him ffs what actually wrong with this club if you like a player and think he will improve us like the manager swear he has talent ID then get the players for him ffs
— Afc-1998?? (@ninety8signs) July 5, 2021
As Crook mentions, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have been mentioned as potential suitors, while there have even been reports that Chelsea could make a move.
However, the most reliable sources claim there have only been bids from Arsenal and Everton, and White is very much in favour of a switch to the Emirates. It is, therefore, up to the club to meet Brighton’s demands or risk losing out on a key summer target.