Arsenal have yet to agree a payment structure with Brighton for Ben White, according to Eurosport’s Dean Jones.
Speaking on The Football Terrace Youtube channel, Jones claims that the Gunners are more than willing to pay £50m for the England international but the Seagulls want to make sure they receive a guaranteed sum upfront:
“At the moment, Arsenal are a little short of where Brighton want them to be. It’s a £50m deal but Brighton want as much as that upfront as they can get so they can reinvest it. The way that Arsenal are structuring it, at the moment, isn’t really ideal so they are a bit short of meeting where they [Brighton] want them to be. Talks are continuing, though, and I think they might find an agreement here that does suit Brighton.”
It doesn’t sound like there is much difference between the two sides, and Jones seems very optimistic that a deal will be completed. At the moment there are no concerns that other teams could come in and hijack the move.
Liverpool and Manchester United have also been mentioned as possible suitors but it is believed that Arsenal have not had to deal with any competing bids, and that has led to them becoming increasingly confident that a transfer will be completed. We shall see if they can reach an agreement with Brighton in the coming days.