Premier League giants Manchester United would have to pay £35m to sign Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White according to the publication from The Sun. The Red Devils are in the market for a new central defender and White is said to be at the forefront of the centre back transfer options at Old Trafford.


White, 23, had a successful loan spell at Leeds United from the Seagulls last season and the Elland Road outfit wanted to sign him permanently. He was a key player for Leeds United as they secured promotion to the Premier League after almost two decades out of the top flight.

Leeds United made three separate bids for the Manchester United target last summer but they were all turned down by the club. The third and final bid was £25m. White has had to continue his career with parent club Brighton this season following the failure of Leeds United to sign him at the start of the current campaign.

White is a man in demand on the European football scene. Apart from Manchester United, others like Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Borussia Dortmund also want to sign the player.

Journalists on The Transfer Window podcast revealed that Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to examine the possibility of signing a new centre back in this summer. The ex-Hull City and Sheffield United player wants an English-speaking partner alongside him at the heart of the Manchester Uniteddefence.

Apart from Maguire, Swedish international Victor Lindelof, Ivorian player Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are the centre back options available for the club.

The other centre back targets being monitored at Old Trafford are Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Aston Villa player Tyrone Mings, Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.