Former Leeds United and Manchester City right-back Danny Mills has suggested that Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White is too good to play for Arsenal, as the Gunners edge closer towards wrapping up a £50million deal for his services.
After a few weeks of discussions between the Gunners, who played out a 2-2 draw with Scottish giants Rangers in their second pre-season outing on Saturday afternoon, and Brighton, football.london understands that a fee of £50million has been agreed on.
White has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal, meaning all that is left to be done to consider the deal done and dusted is his medical, which should take place in the not too distant future.
Should all go to plan and Arsenal successfully lure White to the Emirates Stadium, it would be a huge statement of intent shown by the Gunners, as they will have seen off competition from the likes of Everton and Manchester City for his signature.
However, former England defender Mills has admitted that he is surprised that White is poised to join the Gunners, admitting that he is “better than that” and believes Manchester United should have gone after his signature.
“The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal,” Mills told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Metro.
“Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else. I just think he is better than that.”
Asked why White should have gone somewhere else, the former City man continued: “Because he has got a better chance of winning things. What is he going to win at Arsenal? League Cup, if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup.
“I think he is an exceptional player and I think he is a fantastic signing for Arsenal. I am just a little bit surprised that Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”
With Mills issuing a verdict like that, White, should his switch to Arsenal go through without any late snags, will be determined to make his mark at the Emirates Stadium and prove Mills wrong.
At 23, and a huge summer overhaul taking place at the Emirates Stadium, White could be set to enjoy plenty of success in north London if all goes to plan.
White is poised to become the club’s second signing of the summer, following Nuno Tavares in making the switch to the Emirates Stadium.
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Source by Football London