Brighton will reportedly charge Liverpool and any other interested parties a whopping £50million for Ben White’s signature should the Reds come calling in January – and such a figure underlines the bargain Leeds made in the summer.
White, 23, played every single match for Leeds last season – clocking up 49 appearances in all competitions as the Whites gained promotion to the Premier League. Sky Sports claimed Leeds made three summer offers, the latter worth £25million, for White.
However, White remained at Brighton with the Seagulls unwilling to sell the defender. He has since starred for Brighton, starting all five Premier League games – even winning the MOTM award (Argus) against Palace on the weekend, in midfield.
The Sun claim Liverpool could come in for White following an injury sustained by Virgil van Dijk, which is likely to keep him sidelined for much of the 2020-21 campaign. But if the Reds do come in for White, Brighton will charge a whopping £50million.
Double what Leeds wanted to pay, £50million is an astonishing amount of money for a player who has played just five Premier League matches. White did shine against Palace in midfield, but he had struggled beforehand on the right side of a back three.
Indeed, at Elland Road, new summer signing Robin Koch has helped heartbroken Leeds fans quickly get over the loss of White. Following the failed permanent pursuit of White, the Whites spent £13million to sign Germany international Koch.
It gave Bielsa a ready-made replacement but with more senior game time than White, in Koch. He has played every single Premier League minute so far, and his form has been excellent – even earning rare praise from Bielsa in a press conference.
Given that White could end up costing almost four times what Leeds paid to sign Koch, director of football Victor Orta deserves enormous praise of luring Koch to Elland Road for such a bargain price. White’s inflamed price tag highlights just that.