• Arsenal is expected to make another bid for Brighton defender Ben White
  • The Gunners are likely to table an offer higher than $56 million
  • Brighton is open to the idea of parting ways with its best players

Arsenal will not be deterred to make another transfer swoop for one of England’s rising stars.

Brighton defender Ben White has been heavily linked to Arsenal in recent times.

Rumors swirl around England that the Gunners have already tabled an enticing offer for White, but Brighton quickly rejected it.

Providing an update about Arsenal’s stance on White, Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth revealed that Mikel Arteta’s side is planning to come up with an “improved offer” for the Englishman.

What’s even more interesting is that the Gunners seem to be unbothered by the fact that White had just inked a contract extension with Brighton.

“I’m told that talks are continuing and Arsenal are expected to go back in with an improved offer [for White],” Sheth wrote. “It’s interesting because Ben White signed a new contract with Brighton last summer which takes him up until 2024. That came off the back of three bids from Leeds United that were all rejected.”

“But what a season he has had,” he continued. “He’s been a regular fixture in the Premier League with Brighton, then he became part of that England squad for Euro 2020, and now it looks like Arsenal would very, very much like to have him at the Emirates.”

Sheth further suggested that Arsenal is likely to prepare an offer that is higher than the reported £40 million ($56 million) bid that had been blocked.

“A £40 million bid has gone in and been rejected, but that is not the end of it,” he hinted.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are 12th in the Premier League after a poor run of results
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are 12th in the Premier League after a poor run of results POOL / Michael Regan

White has enjoyed his maiden season with Brighton, having started in all of his 36 English Premier League matches for Graham Potter.

With that in mind, Brighton chief executive Paul Barber is well aware that clubs are already keeping tabs on their “best players.”

While Barber didn’t really specify what the future holds for White, he admitted that all Brighton players can choose to leave, but it has to be for “the right offer.”

"We know some of our best players aren’t going to be with us forever and, if the right offer comes along–and it has to be the right offer–and they want to leave, then they can go,” Barber said.

Barber is also confident about exploring the club’s opportunities to land a suitable signing should players decide to depart.

"If we’ve got players leaving, then we’ve got back-up internally, and we can go out into the transfer market,” the chief assured. “We’re always looking ahead.”