By Danny Mills

21st Jun, 2021 | 6:20pm

Mills: Leeds '£40m bid knocked back' as White transfer plan revealed

Danny Mills has claimed it will take an Arsenal bid of at least £50million to persuade Brighton to sell Ben White after Leeds United had a “£40million bid knocked back” last year.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender backed the England international to have a long career at the top level of English football.

Football Insider revealed on 17 June White has told friends he expects to join the Gunners by the end of the transfer window.

He has already begun househunting in London ahead of a potential transfer.

Sky Sports reported on 16 June Brighton have rejected an opening bid of £40million for White.

“I think he’s a really good player,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“There’s no reason why that couldn’t happen. The price tag would be the one. Last season, before he had a season in the Premier League they were knocking back £35million, £40million bids from Leeds.

“You’re going to have to go £50million-plus to get him out of Brighton at the moment.

“He’s a good defender, he’s very good on the ball, he’s got a long future ahead of him in terms of playing quality football.

“I think that price tag is going to be north of £50million to even get Brighton interested, I would say.”

White featured in all but two of Brighton’s Premier League games last season as they secured a 16th-place finish.

The 23-year-old spent the previous campaign on loan in the Championship with Leeds United.

In other news, there has been a huge update on Aston Villa’s bid to sign Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal.