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Report: Arsenal seal £50m deal for highly-rated defender

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After Portuguese starlet Nuno Tavares, the Gunners are set to add another promising player to their ranks this summer.

Arsenal have reached an agreement with Brighton to sign Ben White for £50 million (about €58m), reports reputed transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

White has agreed on personal terms with Arsenal, Romano adds, with the 23-year-old center-back committing to a five-year contract until June 2026 with the club.

Determined to bolster his backline ahead of 2021-22, Mikel Arteta had been pursuing the player for a while now. Arteta side’s reportedly initially launched a £40 million bid for the highly-rated defender which was rejected by Brighton, who then turned down the follow-up offer worth £45 million plus add-ons.

White earned a call-up to the England squad for Euro 2020 following his rise to prominence last season.

An ability to dribble the ball out of defense, the knack of beating opponents in duels, and his aptitude for reading danger and acting quickly on it with his pace and acceleration are some of the qualities that make the former Leeds United loanee an exciting prospect an interesting signing for Arsenal.

White becomes Arsenal’s second signing this summer after Nuno Tavares, who arrived at the Emirates from Benfica on an €8 million transfer.