Arsenal have signed centre-back Ben White from Brighton on a long-term contract, the club has announced.
White has been linked with a move to the Gunners for a while now with a deal finally being announced.
The defender has been at Brighton since the age of 16 and enjoyed a successful loan spell at Leeds United as they won the Championship in 2020.
After a solid maiden Premier League campaign in which he made 36 appearances, White has earned himself a big-money move to the Emirates.
“Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range.
“We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”
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Manager Mikel Arteta said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing.
“Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.
“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us. And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fits with what we are building here.
“We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”
The transfer is thought to be worth £50million after the Gunners had two bids rejected earlier this summer.
This deal ranks White third on Arsenal’s list of record arrivals, behind current stars Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He’s also the only English player near the top of the list, with Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck as the club’s 14th and 15th costliest deals.
The Gunners used to be notably stingy when it came to transfers but have splashed the cash recently.
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