09 August 2020 14:38
Chelsea have reportedly joined two Premier League rivals in a tug-of-war for sought-after centre-back Ben White. The talented Brighton and Hove Albion defender is wanted back at Elland Road, where he spent last season on loan, but Leeds United have long been tipped to face competition from Liverpool. Frank Lampard and Chelsea have identified the highly rated White as a solution to their issues at the back, reports the Daily Star. The Blues are said to be keen on the 22-year-old and will jettison Antonio Rudiger if their plan succeeds. Sky Sports claims Brighton have already rejected two Leeds offers for White, who has been linked to Liverpool for several months.
- Ligue 1's Monaco are in talks to sign Weston McKennie from Bundesliga club Schalke, according to L'Equipe, although the United States international is also attracting Premier League interest. Chelsea are reportedly keen to gazump Premier League rivals Liverpool in the hunt for Brighton defender Ben White. Defensive frailties were exposed on Saturday night when Frank Lampard's side were put to the sword in a 4-1 defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16, resulting in a 7-1 aggregate loss. Ben White starred for Leeds United in the Championship last term on loan from Brighton Frank Lampard has now turned his attention to White, who spent last season at Leeds United on loan from the AMEX Stadium. Liverpool have also been tracking the 22-year-old, with Jurgen Klopp wanting back up to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip following the £11million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit.
The defender is subject to plenty of transfer speculation this summer, with Leeds keen to secure his services after impressing on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion last season. The Whites are reported to have had two bids for the defender turned down as they plan for their first season back in the Premier League after 16 years away. According to the Sunday Mirror, the Blues could well scupper those plans, with Frank Lampard's side reportedly planning to hijack Liverpool's move for the 22-year-old. Lampard is said to want an overhaul of his defence ahead of next season, having seen them accrue the worst defensive record in the top half of the Premier League. How to get our daily Leeds United newsletter Why should you sign up?
According to The Sun, Chelsea are prepared to spend in excess of Liverpool's £20million limit to complete a deal, which could blow their rivals out of the water. Frank Lampard has been given the green light to spend this summer, with Chelsea ready to break the £200m barrier having already landed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea are reportedly prepared to outbid Liverpool in order to win the race for in-demand Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White. Despite having never featured in a Premier League fixture, White has just helped Leeds United earn a return to the top flight. While the Yorkshire giants are unlikely to turn the 22-year-old's loan spell into a permanent stay, White is attracting interest from a wide range of clubs. According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are ready to put themselves at the front of the queue by expressing a willingness to meet Brighton's asking price. Having witnessed his team struggled at the back throughout the campaign, Frank Lampard is eager to sign at least one new defender during the summer window. Although top-flight champions Liverpool are also said to be in the running, it appears unlikely that the Merseyside outfit will want to pay a significant fee for a player who would only be regarded as backup to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.