Leeds fans react as Jose Mourinho reportedly eyes £45m-rated Ben White
Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to take Brighton defender and Leeds United favourite Ben White to Roma this summer as he continues to shine in the Premier League – and Leeds fans have reacted to the report on Twitter.
White, 23, burst onto the scene after Marcelo Bielsa chose to bring the unknown defender to Elland Road at the start of 2019-20. Fast forward 12 months, and White had played in all 49 Leeds games – helping Leeds gain promotion.
Failing to sign him permanently, White has since been a regular at Brighton – impressing in numerous positions, whether it be part of a two-man centre-back system, the right of a back three or in holding midfield.
Clearly, it has left a lasting impression on Mourinho. The Sun claim that Mourinho – who was sacked by Tottenham last month – wants to take £45million-rated White to AS Roma. Arsenal and Manchester United are also keen.
Leeds, meanwhile, are now well-stocked at centre-back after bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch. The breakthrough of Pascal Struijk and the consistency of skipper Liam Cooper gives Bielsa’s four first-team options.
The need for White has lessened at Elland Road but if presented with the chance, many would still have him back. Leeds fans reacted on Twitter to the news that Mourinho wants to take White to Italy.
Idiots nothing without Bielsa … do you think Dallas happened over night!!!
— LEEDS UN1TED (@Lee05450143) May 12, 2021
Top top player. Will play for England.
— (((Mark Hoff Hansard))) 💙💛 (@drasnah) May 12, 2021
Have none of them learned only bielsa can make him shine
— scotty782lufc (@scotty782lufc) May 12, 2021
Sadly, I don’t think we need him anymore and the £45 million would be much more beneficial elsewhere in the squad
— Ben Radcliffe (@Ben64611) May 12, 2021
Didn’t do himself any harm spending a year at Leeds under Bielsa did he 👀 ..and us neither 😉 ..Good luck to him, international call up to follow #MOT
— LUFC (@Thomsonekul) May 12, 2021
They want an extra £5mill for him now then last summer meaning they think he’s gotten better… He’d be playing for England if he’d come Leeds. https://t.co/4WrhTX4oqC
— Dylan 🍋(C) (@dylanxlufcx) May 12, 2021
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