Brighton are facing a massive fight to keep Ben White.
After spending last season on loan to Leeds United, the side have decided they’d like the defender back on a permanent basis and have submitted two bids.
If United can afford to splash that much on the second tier’s hottest young prospect, the door will be blown wide open to bidders from across the Premier League.
It’s one thing to turn down Leeds, but will they be able to hang on to White if Liverpool or Chelsea come in for the young star?
Brighton’s activity in the transfer market indicates that they’re getting ready to let at least one of their central defenders go. After signing Joel Veltman from Ajax, Seagulls gaffer Graham Potter has Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Adam Webster, Shane Duffy and White to chose from.
Someone has got to go.
In this situation, you’d assume it might be Duffy, who only started 12 games last season. Webster was a new, expensive, arrival from the Championship while Dunk and Burn were the rocks the defence was built upon.
But what if Brighton thought they’d take a quick 30 million pounds, keep their current stable of defenders and use that cash to move for other squad upgrades?
It wouldn’t be the first time a team has done that, and with the vultures circling it might be the only way they get out of this with a happy squad.
For now Brighton are winning the fight to keep White, but things can change quickly in football.