After the bad season, one of the worst in the last 25 years, Arsenal must come up with a well-thought-out plan for the summer transfer window. There are practically no rights to make mistakes anymore, and a large number of them must be corrected.
Granit Xhaka could be among the first to leave the club, so it is necessary to find an adequate replacement for the Swiss national team player: a man who will fit in the middle with Thomas Partey. Three names are in the game, but it seems that the priority of the management is to hire a central defender, more precisely the English representative Ben White from Brighton.
The offensive could be strengthened by Joaquin Correa from Lazio, although the new coach of the Sky Blues, Maurizio Sarri, would like to keep him. Let's start in order, from a man who suddenly became a priority of the club from the Emirates.
White showed his potential in the Leeds jersey under the baton of Marcelo Bielsa. Failing to keep the Argentine after the loan, Brighton refused numerous offers for the talented central defender. He eventually remained in the ranks of Brighton and, under the baton of Graham Potter, continued his rise in English football.
He played a very good season, he often got the opportunity to play in the midfield, which is another confirmation of his technical abilities. As a reward, the call from coach Gareth Southgate for the European Championship arrived (he replaced the injured Trent Alexander Arnold).
At the age of 23, he showed enviable maturity, he rarely makes mistakes, he copes well with the pressure of even the strongest teams in England. There is no doubt that he has a great future ahead of him, and the Gunners are willing to be a part of it.
White is bound by the contract for Brighton until the summer of 2024, but the team from Amex Stadium will not keep him at any cost. It is estimated that White could go for the sum between 45,000,000 and 60,000,000 euros. It is unlikely that the Gunners will be able to offer that, but there is room for an agreement.
Mikel Arteta made it clear to the management that he wants a right central defender, Jules Kunde from Sevilla was also on the wish list, but the club still decided to turn to White. The question remains what will happen to William Saliba.
The young French defender is returning from a loan, he played great in Nice jersey in League 1, so it was assumed that he would fight for a place under the sun in the north of the English capital.