Liverpool in the battle for 22-year-old talented English defender

By | August 13, 2020

Brighton defender Ben White is reportedly a summer transfer target for a host of PL clubs including Marco Bielsa’s newly-promoted Leeds United. Ben spent last campaign on loan with Bielsa’s Peacocks as he helped them end their 16-years of hurt as they clinch promotion back to the PL.

White featured a whopping 49 times in all tournaments for the Peacocks including 46 times over the duration of the gruelling Championship season. Leeds are keen to welcome Ben back to Elland Road this summer but this time on a permanent deal.

However, recent developments suggest that both Blues and current league champions Reds are also in the battle for the highly-rated English centre-back’s signature. The Merseyside giants signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg during the winter transfer window.

Despite the reported strong interest in Ben, Seagulls boss Graham Potter is seemingly reluctant to see the young talent depart, speaking amid the defender’s speculation earlier this month, Potter said: “He’s our player, he’s got a long contract with us. “I have known Ben for a while, I have been aware of him, wanted to try and sign him when we were at Swansea.”

“I know about his qualities. He’s a fantastic player. He’s done brilliantly at Leeds and helped them get a promotion that’s fantastic for them, fantastic for him but he’s our player and we’re looking forward to working with him. He complements us really well. He’s got attributes that are really, really useful and he’s going to be a top player.”