Leeds United took a big risk in the summer by selling Pontus Jansson and banking on young loanee Ben White. The Brighton-owned star has since gone on to prove it was a roll of the dice worth taking.
Unfortunately for Leeds, White’s excellent form at Elland Road has not gone unnoticed. Now, as reported by The Guardian, Leicester City are reportedly keen on the player.
It is suggested Leicester ‘have the hots’ for White, but are not alone. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are also said to be keen on the player. Brighton, for their part, will also want to keep the 22-year-old in Sussex.
For Leeds, it once again proves just how eye-catching White’s performances have been at Elland Road.
The only problem is that any chance they have of signing White permanently in the summer continues to diminish.
Not only do Brighton not want to sell, but interest from Leicester looks likely to offer White the chance of Champions League football next season.
The other clubs mentioned would also hope to offer European football next season and, financially, all would have superior clout to Leeds even if the Whites win promotion to the Premier League. With White valued at £25 million, according to The Sun, Leeds would clearly be struggling to meet such a fee.
The idea of keeping hold of White is looking increasingly fragile.