Leicester City have been linked with a move for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White as the summer transfer window approaches.
What’s the story?
Several Premier League sides are reportedly keen on the 23-year-old England international after a highly impressive maiden Premier League campaign.
According to journalist and transfer expert Duncan Castles, the Foxes have joined the race to secure White’s signature as they look to mount another top-four challenge.
Rudkin must swoop
White made 36 top-flight appearances for his boyhood club as the Seagulls finished in a respectable 16th place last season, earning himself a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020.
Recent reports claimed that Brighton have slapped a £50m price tag on the youngsters head in order to fend off any potentially interested party, but the Foxes may be hopeful of negotiating that figure down.
The 5 ft 10 gem first rose to prominence during a successful season-long loan spell at Leeds United in 2019/20, playing every minute as the west Yorkshire outfit won the Championship title.
Ahead of a reunion between White and his former side, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa showered the Englishman in praise.
“Ben White has shown he is a Premier League player,” said Bielsa back in January.
“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 teammate. I hope his career allows him to grow because he deserves it.”
With experienced duo Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs departing the King Power Stadium this summer, Leicester are in need of defensive reinforcements, and the addition of White would be a significant statement of intent.
Qualification for next term’s Europa League means Brendan Rodgers’ charges will be required to fight on multiple fronts.
In order to that, the Midlands outfit will need to add extra strength in depth to their first-team squad, and White’s arrival would certainly represent exactly that.
Leicester’s director of football, Jon Rudkin, has worked miracles in the transfer market in recent years, but pulling off this deal could top the lot. He must swoop for the Brighton man as Rodgers aims to guide the current FA Cup holders into the Champions League.