Leeds United was a side desperately in need of a partner for Liam Cooper ahead of last season. Pontus Jansson had fallen foul of the iron rule of Marcelo Bielsa and was on his way out of Elland Road in a quickfire, cut-price move to London side Brentford. A replacement wasn’t just required, it was desperately needed. Ben White was that replacement.
Of course, there was bound to be a sense of trepidation. After all, Leeds were replacing a seasoned international in Jansson with a relatively untried youngster who’d never featured in any regular football higher than League One standard when on loan at Peterborough.
That trepidation, that fear was washed away once Leeds United settled into their rhythm and found their groove. In short, Ben White looked like he’d been playing Championship football all his life. During the Whites title-winning promotion campaign, the on-loan Brighton youngster simply moved through the gears as he needed to and, well, breezed it.
that effortless, yet humble swagger, made it quite clear that Leeds United had a player on their hands. Trouble is, Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea have seen the same Ben White, as have parent club Brighton. Leeds United have put in two bids, said to be £18.5m and £22m in total. Brighton has stonewalled these bids, rejected them out-of-hand.
Leeds’ bid to re-sign Ben White has hit a brick wall because Brighton insist he is not for sale. Leeds are leaving the door open should Brighton’s stance change, but are actively looking at other centre-half targets. #lufc
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 19, 2020
As David Anderson from The Mirror states, Brighton and Leeds are at an impasse; a brick wall has been met. The Seagulls have consistently said that Ben White remains their player and that they see his future at the Amex. That’s been Graham Potter’s line all along. It’s also Brighton’s ‘party line’.
Of course, Leeds United are looking at other options and are said to be big on SC Freiburg defender Robin Koch and are also nosing around Arsenal’s Rob Holding. However, you just know they’d drop both of these like hot potatoes should there be any chance of landing Ben White on a permanent deal.