Brighton centre-back Ben White is reportedly keen to join Arsenal this summer as he eyes a fresh challenge.

The 23-year-old featured in 36 Premier League games last season, helping Brighton to finish 16th in the table.

His good form saw him called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros after Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out due to injury.

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Arsenal are hoping to land White to improve their defence and have already submitted two bids.

Their opening bid of £40million was swiftly knocked back and the same happened to an improved offer worth £47m soon afterwards.

According to Sky Sports, Brighton will not stand in White’s way and will allow the defender to leave if the price is right.

That’s expected to be in the region of £50m plus bonuses to give the Seagulls plenty of funds to sign a replacement, plus other targets.

It’s also believed White is open to the move so he can pursue a starting spot in the England team.

When asked about the rumours in June, the player said: “It’s nice, it’s happened quite a lot over the last two years, there’s been a lot of noise.”

He was also asked if he spoke to other players about the links, to which he replied: “Not really. You don’t know what’s true and what’s not. So there’s no real point talking about it.”

White would compete with the likes of Gabriel and Rob Holding at the Emirates, should his transfer be completed in the next few months.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can also rely on Calum Chambers and at Pablo Mari at centre-back. However, they aren’t seen as regular starters in the Premier League.

William Saliba is another central defender on the club’s books. He was signed for £27m in July 2019 but is yet to make his first-team debut.

He spent the 20/21 campaign on loan with Nice and could join Marseille ahead of the new season.

Arteta also needs to improve his midfield with Granit Xhaka nearing a switch to Roma.

The most likely replacement is Albert Sambi Lokonga, who plays for Anderlecht in Belgium.

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