Exclusive: Top pundit hails Bielsa after record-breaking Leeds bid
Michael Brown has faith in Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United even if they don’t sign former loan sensation Ben White.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder delivered his verdict as the club had a huge third bid rejected.
Football Insider exclusively revealed Leeds’ £30m bid for the 22-year-old was knocked back by Brighton last week.
Leeds had opened negotiations with an offer of £18.5m and then had a second bid of £22m rejected.
Any deal would smash Leeds’ previous record transfer fee of £18m that they paid for Rio Ferdinand all the way back in 2000.
Asked whether it was now up to Ben White to make something happen, Brown said: “I think it’s hard for him to make it happen.
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“Brighton won’t want to let him go, we know that, but it would be fantastic for Leeds United we know that.
“You want to wait as long as you can for a player of his calibre but if it’s not going to happen you’ll know quite quickly and you can start planning.
“They’ve got a fantastic recruitment set up and there’ll be trying to make it happen.
“They’ve got such a balanced squad that I don’t think they’re in a huge rush, which is great.
“I think Bielsa can get his point across very very quickly so as long as you’re training then he’ll be able to get it across quickly.”
White featured in all 46 Championship games for Bielsa’s side as they sealed a return to the Premier League after 16 seasons away.
Despite joining Brighton as a 16-year-old the centre back has only featured twice for the Seagulls.
As well as his loan spell at Leeds, White has enjoyed spells at Newport County and Peterborough United.