Ben White to be Dejan Lovren’s replacement?

Chedu Diaz
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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.

Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. during Premier League 2 match between Arsenal Under 23s and Brighton and Hove Albion Under 23s at Emirates stadium , London, England on 20 August 2018. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal challenges Ben White of Leeds during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on January 06, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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. 

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