With the departure of Dejan Lovren seeming imminent—could Ben White be taking over his spot in the team?
According to LeedsLive, the Northern English team fear that their hopes of retaining the young defender could be scuppered by Liverpool. If Liverpool are to make an offer, Brighton are only willing to sell White for a fee around the £35m mark.
With Dejan Lovren most likely leaving Merseyside, Ben White seems to be one of the better options for his replacement. The Englishman saw himself excelling under Marcelo Bielsa’s title-winning Leeds, having 22 clean sheets out of 46 games and conceding once every 138 minutes, in England’s second division. White has been interesting teams other than Liverpool as well, with the likes of Leeds, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United all looking to get his signature.
Multiple Interested Clubs
Only trouble Liverpool might have, apart from the fee, will most likely be convincing the player to choose Merseyside over the others, seeing as how he’s more likely to get regular first-team football at Brighton or Leeds. According to TeamTalk, Leeds have been told they could re-sign Ben White on loan next season via a transfer to Liverpool, which could be the best way to fend off any offer from Leeds United to buy the player full-time. This would also give White more time to develop by getting minutes on the pitch week in, week out.
Other than Ben White, Liverpool have also been linked with Real Betis’ Aissa Mandi, Espaynol’s Leandro Cabrera, and even Kalidou Koulibaly. With White being the youngest one, and all the others being around their late 20’s, he’ll have not only more time to improve, but will be able to serve the club for years and years to come.