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Official: Arsenal complete £50m White signing

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Source: Arsenal official Twitter

The highly-rated defender becomes the third new addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad in the summer market.

Arsenal have announced they have completed the signing of Ben White from Brighton.

Arsenal reportedly had their initial offer worth £40 million turned down by Brighton, who also supposedly rejected their second £47 million bid.

The two teams finally reached an agreement for a £50 million (€58.6m) transfer about two weeks ago, with sources suggesting the fee will be paid in three installments.

The 23-year-old center-back has committed to a five-year contract understood to be worth £100,000-a-week with the north London side with an option to extend for a further year.

Expected to slot straight into their starting XI, the Englishman, who comes with a reputation of one of Premier League‘s most exciting prospects, will hope to have an impactful debut season at the Emirates.

White told the club’s official website: “It feels great and I’m really excited to be here. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t really turn it down.

“I think now with the recent track record of youth going into the first team, I thought it was a great project to try and be a part of.”

Mikel Arteta said of the new signing: “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.”