Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should make a move for Ben White this summer amid Dean Windass’ transfer claim.
Reports last year revealed Bielsa’s side were very keen on trying to turn White’s loan deal into a permanent one, but Brighton stuck to their guns and ended up keeping him.
And recently, journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Leeds are still one of a number of Premier League sides interested in signing the English star this time around, with Arsenal and Leicester also said to be keen on him.
And in response to Leeds’ interest in the England international, Windass said: “I could see that happening but it all depends on money so if they’re happy with the contracts and everything else then yeah, I could see that happening.”
While The Athletic’s David Ornstein has recently claimed that Arsenal are edging closer to agreeing a deal with Brighton for White, Leeds must seriously consider hijacking the Gunners’ move for the centre-back and do so ASAP.
Brighton’s academy coach, John Morling, said: “He’s so calm, nothing fazes Ben. Any hurdles, he just jumps over. He just looks like he’s been there for years. He’s a winner. You’d want him in your team.”
Having also been hailed as a “special talent” and “a warrior” too, White’s performances in his first season in the Premier League saw him named by Gareth Southgate into the England squad for the EUROs.
And judging by Bielsa’s own comments about the £25.2m-rated ace earlier this year, it’s clear the Leeds boss is a big fan of him after the impression he left at Elland Road in his time there in Yorkshire.
He said: “Ben White has shown he is a Premier League player. All of us here admire him as a player. We respect him and love him as a human being. He was an excellent professional, as well as a team-mate. I hope his career allows him to grow because he deserves it.”
While the Whites may already have signed the likes of Robin Koch and Diego Llorente following their inability to get White through the door, the centre-back would face no adaptation period at all at Elland Road.
He would know all about Bielsa’s methods, and vice versa, and that previous relationship could reap rich rewards for Leeds.