Man United are seemingly still keen on adding another centre-half to the squad, with Ben White now emerging as an option.
Ben White currently plies his trade for Brighton & Hove Albion, though it was at Leeds United where he’d make his name. The Englishman would stand out for Marcelo Bielsa’s side during their Championship push last term.
Leeds would push hard to sign White over the summer, though they’d eventually come up short. The centre-half would be integrated into the Brighton first-team where his reputation would only continue to grow.
Now, according to the Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old has been added to a list of defensive transfer targets by United. It’s also claimed that United are ‘huge admirers’ of White. They’re also keen on Dayot Upamecano and Raphael Varane. Heck, who wouldn’t be…?
United are said to be considering a swoop for a centre-half in 2021, which would make an awful lot of sense. After all, outside of Harry Maguire, it’s a position that lacks any real consistency.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of reported interest in White. Just recently, we covered a story from The Sun on Sunday, who claimed United had asked Brighton just how much the centre-half would cost…
What would White bring to the table?
He’d bring a physicality that United don’t really have right now. We’re also talking about someone who’ll bring a real on-ball quality. White can pick a pass out, while he’s also a goal threat.
We’re talking about someone who has a (touch-wood) impeccable injury record. When you compare that to the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, it feels like a no-brainer to make this deal happen.
In terms of cost, though, White was expected to cost upwards of £50m this summer. You can probably add another £10-20m to that now United are keen…