Arsenal’s move to bag Brighton defender Ben White is hitting a stalemate despite the two clubs holding “positive” talks.
The Seagulls are asking for £50m for the player and Arsenal are not in a position to be dropping that amount of money on the star.
White’s club are hoping the huge figure will stop the Gunners and other clubs from pursuing the England star, according to the Mail.
And Gareth Southgate adding him to the Euro squad could also mean White’s wages will increase significantly, and he is in a good position to do so at Brighton as he signed a new four-year deal for the club last year.
Now Arsenal need to make sure they can afford to make the deal happen as they have a lot of other signings to focus on in the upcoming transfer window.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta needs a replacement right-back as Hector Bellerin is rumoured to be leaving, along with a back-up keeper as well as offensive players they want to add including Real Betis attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir.
Arsenal will be hoping to bolster their squad after a disappointing season following their failure to secure European football for the first time in 25 years.
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And Arteta reacted to not competing in Europe by saying: “I’m sad because this club deserves to be delivered trophies and the Champions League.
“We haven’t managed that. It’s very challenging circumstances but we’ve tried to stick together and do our best. It’s not been enough. We have to be very critical of ourselves, of myself, and then prepare the best possible way for next season to take advantage of that.
“Hopefully we can have the pre-season that I haven’t had, and have time to work with those players and try to be a better team.”
Arsenal did improve in the latter half of the season but they fell short, finishing eighth in the Premier League.
Arteta added: “It’s frustrating because last season 61 points would get you fifth, and now we are eighth.
“That’s the step but as well we now need to identify that the level is now so high that the only way to do it is to be much better next season, much more consistent and that’s the challenge ahead of us.”