Liverpool have been told it will cost more than £35million to prise Leeds United loanee Ben White from Brighton this summer.
The Premier League leaders are one of a number of leading Premier League clubs keeping close tabs on the centre-back, 22, along with the likes of Arsenal, Man United, Man City and Leicester City.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Brighton have let it be known to interested clubs via intermediaries they will need to obliterate their transfer record to land White in the next window.
The Seagulls’ record sale is the £8million deal that took Leonardo Ulloa to Leicester City in 2014.
Brighton will demand around five times that sum for White even though he has only twice played for them.
The defender’s asking price and reputation have skyrocketed as a result of his outstanding form on loan at Leeds this season.
He has remarkably played every single minute of United’s league-leading campaign.
Most of those matches have been in central defence but White has even stepped up to play in midfield when Kalvin Phillips has been unavailable.
Football Insider pundits Paul Robinson, Danny Mills, Noel Whelan, Alex Bruce and Michael Brown – all of whom represented Leeds with distinction – have all hailed White as the outstanding defender in this season’s Championship.
His future will depend upon a number of factors, including what he wants and whether Brighton retain their Premier League status.
Football Insider first revealed in October that Jurgen Klopp’s European champions have been keeping close tabs on him this season after their scouts were electrified by his performances.
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