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Premier League: Arsenal agree deal to sign Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White for £50m

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Arsenal has agreed to sign Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White for 50 million pounds ($68.86 million), British media reported on Saturday.

Sky Sports reported Brighton have added a sell-on clause for White, who was a late call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championship. White did not feature at the Euros as England lost to Italy in the final.

Arsenal had a £40m bid rejected in June with another move for a price of £47m subsequently rejected.

The 23-year-old is expected to take a medical when he returns from holiday on July 26.

White was one of the standout performers for Graham Potter’s Brighton last season, making 36 Premier League appearances in the heart of the defence.

He also helped Brighton survive relegation and finish 16th in the top flight with the joint-best defence in the bottom half of the league (46 goals conceded).

White’s journey to international football has not been a straightforward one. Having been released by Southampton as a youngster, he joined Brighton before heading out on loan to Newport and Peterborough to cut his teeth.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are looking to strengthen their back line after finishing eighth in the league last season and missing out on European football for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

Meanwhile, Brighton confirmed winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh has completed a permanent move to Dutch side Feyenoord on a three-year contract.The Iran international joined Brighton from Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar in 2018 but struggled for regular first-team chances, scoring four goals in 61 appearances in all competitions.

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