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Arsenal agree £50m deal to sign Brighton defender White

Arsenal have agreed on a deal to sign Brighton center-back Ben White for £50m.

Sky Sports News reported Arsenal had a £40m bid rejected in June with another move for a price of £47m subsequently rejected.

But with discussions continuing into July, the two Premier League clubs seem to have reached an agreement on a deal that will see Brighton get a guaranteed £50m from structured payments with no add ons.

Brighton have also inserted a sell-on clause for White, who was selected by Gareth Southgate for England’s Euro 2020 campaign.

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The 23-year-old is expected to take a medical when he returns from holiday on July 26.

After leaving Southampton in 2014, White secured a move to Brighton and finally made his mark on the south coast following loan spells with Newport County, Peterborough United and Leeds United.

He also helped Brighton survive relegation and finish 16th in the top flight with the joint-best defence in the bottom half of the league (46 goals conceded).

The Gunners are looking to bolster their defence after finishing eighth in the Premier League and missing out on European football for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

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