Leeds United have no plans to sign Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White again this summer, according to Football Insider.
The center-back played a key role in their 2019/2020 loan promotion campaign but they couldn’t sign him permanently last summer.
The club was willing to pay up to £ 25million for White, but it wasn’t enough to test Brighton’s determination.
It is now reported that they do not want to reconsider their interest as manager Marcelo Bielsa is happy with his options.
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White had an impressive Premier League debut campaign for Graham Potter’s side, missing just two games in the 2020-21 season.
He was recently rewarded with his first appearance with the senior national team for England and is currently in the squad for the European Championship.
Its progress has caught the interest of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, but it could cost an incredible £ 50m fee.
Leeds hesitated to bid more than £ 25m for the 23-year-old last summer and it is very unlikely to hit the reported valuation.
The Yorkshire team had defensive concerns last season but their performances improved significantly towards the back end of the campaign.
Diego Llorente’s return after multiple injuries strengthened her central defense. He stood for her in the last months of the season.
Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk also found consistency with the whites, and Robin Koch was probably the big disappointment.
Similar to Llorente, Koch struggled with injuries in his debut season. The club should be patient with the German, who can also play in midfield.
Leeds don’t need another center-back. Even if they are spending money, they might be looking for a high quality, inexpensive option that suits their style of play.
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