Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly urged Real Madrid to consider a move for Ben White, who is also a target for Arsenal and Manchester United.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Ben White has occupied the fancy of Carlo Ancelotti heading into the summer transfer window. The Real Madrid manager wants to sign the 23-year-old English international, who is also being courted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Ben White is widely regarded as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League, having impressed to a great extent in his breakthrough season at Brighton & Hove Albion. The 23-year-old made 39 appearances across all competitions for the Seagulls this past term, and his impressive performances have earned him a place in the English national side at UEFA Euro 2020.
His progress over the last couple of years has not gone unnoticed either, with a myriad of marquee clubs keeping a close eye on his development. Some of his suitors include Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Real Madrid possibly entering the race to sign him as well.
At Real Madrid, newly-appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti appears to be a huge admirer of the player’s talents and is pushing the club to make a move for him. As things stand, the Merengues are keen on signing Pau Torres or Jules Kounde to bolster the heart of their defence, having already landed David Alaba as a defensive reinforcement.
Arsenal, on the other hand, could certainly do with a player of White’s qualities following the exit of David Luiz, who is departing the Emirates as a free agent. As for Manchester United, they are eager to find a reliable partner for captain Harry Maguire, with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly flattering to deceive at times.
Arsenal, in particular, appear to be more serious than the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, having already had a bid rejected in his pursuit. As for Real Madrid, they are likely to consider a move for White in the scenario where they fail to secure the services of either Jules Kounde or Pau Torres.
Prising him away, though, will cost a fair bit, with Brighton reportedly slapping a €50 million price tag on him. What now remains to be seen is if Real Madrid are willing to meet his valuation after being urged to sign White, or if one of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United swoop him away instead.