It’s emerged this afternoon that Arsenal are now closing in on the signing of Brighton centre-back Ben White – a £50m deal that could help kickstart Newcastle United’s summer transfer business.
Arsenal will be forced to watch their finances this summer ahead of a rare season without European football and, as a result, The Chronicle believe they will no longer be in a position to turn down cash bids for Joe Willock should a big money move for White go through.
In addition, both they and The Mail have previously reported that loan target William Saliba would only be allowed to leave The Emirates should Mikel Arteta sign a replacement.
Since Ben White would be exactly, it seems our hopes of bringing the highly-rated Frenchman to Tyneside will only increase if the England international does arrive in North London this summer.
We’d still have to stump up a substantial amount of money to land Joe Willock and beat off inevitable competition for Saliba’s signature, however it seems Bruce has a good relationship with Arteta – something that can do no harm in his attempts to sign both.
White’s move to Arsenal is certainly one to watch in the coming weeks. Should the £50m deal go through, our hopes of landing Willock and Saliba should only increase.