Borussia Dortmund are ready to rival Arsenal and Manchester United in the pursuit of Ben White, who is valued at around £35 million by Brighton & Hove Albion.
According to The Sun, Arsenal and Manchester United could face an unlikely competitor in the pursuit of Ben White, with Borussia Dortmund now joining the race. It appears the Bundesliga giants are ready to sign a new centre-back this summer, as they look to find a long-term replacement for Mats Hummels.
It is believed that White is set to cost around £35 million following a breakthrough campaign in the Premier League. He has already turned heads among the Manchester United bosses, who are keen on partnering an Englishman alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of the defensive line next season.
Another club serious about signing White is Arsenal. The Gunners are in for a busy transfer window, especially in the defensive where the club may offload Sead Kolasinac and Barcelona-linked Hector Bellerin while David Luiz’s contract expires at the end of the season – giving Mikel Arteta an ideal opportunity to reshape his defensive unit.
One of the key reasons behind the widespread interest in Ben White is his versatility. While the 23-year-old was utilised in multiple positions, including the number six role by Marcelo Bielsa last season, the centre-back has flourished in even a three-man backline of Brighton & Hove Albion, impressing the onlookers with his aggression and ability to read the game.
In addition to his versatility, White is blessed with raw pace and work ethic – making him a natural fit for the physically astute nature of the Premier League. He could shine even in the Bundesliga, in the event of a potential move to Dortmund, where the likes of Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho have already had a lot of success in recent times.
Although a fee of £35 million is enough to put off Dortmund, perhaps a key twist in this tale could be the future of one of their star players.
Erling Haaland, in particular, has attracted a lot of interest and has been linked with a move to Manchester United. His potential sale should easily help Dortmund earn over £100 million – giving them the opportunity to splash the cash on numerous players, including White.
It is worth noting that Haaland has a release clause in his contract at Dortmund that will allow him to leave the club for a cut-price next season, so it will be interesting to see how the Bundesliga giants approach this issue.