Kieran Maguire: Leeds United to receive nothing from Ben White transfer
Leeds United will not be receiving any fees as commission from Brighton as Arsenal close in on reported £50m deal to sign Ben White.
The England international spent a season out on loan at Elland Road, but did not join Leeds permanently at the end of it, and stayed put at the Amex Stadium.
He’s now on the cusp of a £50m move to Arsenal [The Athletic], but due to him being at Leeds after he turned 21, the club will not be receiving anything from the deal should it go through.
The football finance expert, via his personal Twitter account, shared Brighton’s sale history since 1901 and was asked by a fan whether Leeds or Marcelo Bielsa would get any commission from the sale.
To which Maguire responded, “Newport and Peterborough will both get a cut of the deal as Ben White was loaned to them before he was 21. Leeds won’t get anything though as he was too old.”
There were a number of disappointed fans last summer when we failed to sign Ben White on a permanent deal.
Instead, the club opted to go for Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – which in hindsight have been proven to be good acquisitions by Victor Orta.
However, White appeared to be settled in Bielsa’s side and was one of our best players when we got promoted to the Championship.
It would’ve been nice to have him in our books as he’s got a high ceiling, but a £50m fee would be too steep for us to even think of pursuing him this summer.
Not getting anything in compensation for the player seems a tad harsh as one can argue that Bielsa’s had more of an impact on him than any of his previous managers have had.
That said, we’re happy to see him earn a move to a club of Arsenal’s stature and we back him to succeed at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.
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