Leeds United loanee Ben White could be the subject of a £25 million bid from Chelsea during the January transfer window, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 61).
White has been an outstanding signing for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. It is easy to forget how concerned some Whites fans were when the club sold Pontus Jansson in the summer.
The 22-year-old had not played at a level higher than League One before this season. But Bielsa’s faith in the Brighton and Hove Albion loanee has been vindicated in some style.
White has been an inspired addition. Unfortunately for promotion-chasing Leeds, he is attracting attention ahead of next month’s window.
The Sun on Sunday (15/12; page 61) reports that the Seagulls were ready to let White stay at Elland Road for the full campaign. However, Frank Lampard is plotting a £25 million bid.
The report notes that Lampard deems White to a potential alternative to £40 million-rated target Nathan Ake, and it is suggested that the centre-back is not expected to be too far from the first-team if he moves to Stamford Bridge next month.
TBR View – Huge potential blow for Leeds
Leeds will be desperately hoping that Brighton resist the chance to cash in on White in January. He has been integral to their success this term. And replacing him looks to be a nearly impossible task – particularly as the Whites will not be seeing any of the £25 million that Chelsea hope to spend.
It would be a sickener for Leeds fans to see White go to Chelsea. Lampard is not a particularly popular figure amongst Whites supporters, so it would be a further blow if he joined the Blues.
Despite their disappointing result on Saturday, Leeds are still in a fantastic position in the Championship. But losing White would leave many in West Yorkshire feeling a lot more nervous about their chances of getting across the line.