Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Brighton knocked back a £30million offer from Leeds United for Ben White last summer.
The Whites and the defender were involved in one of the long-standing sagas of the window, with numerous bids being reportedly rejected.
It was also suggested that White wanted to stay at Elland Road following his loan move but has since signed a new contract at the AMEX.
Bielsa confirmed the offer in his latest press conference, as relayed by Beren Cross on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.
“Little slice of information Bielsa confirmed: it was a £30m bid which was knocked back for White in the summer-autumn window,” he said.
Little slice of information Bielsa confirmed: it was a £30m bid which was knocked back for White in the summer-autumn window. #lufc
— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) February 18, 2021
White could have been the perfect signing.
We loved the defender, and he loved being at the club; on paper, it was literally the perfect match for everyone involved, except Brighton.
This was a huge offer for a player who had never featured in the Premier League at the time, and the Whites managed to bring in two international players for a similar price.
With Diego Llorente and Robin Koch having been injured for the majority of the season, White could have been much better immediate value for money.
Kalvin Phillips has also suffered from knocks, and White would have been the perfect replacement for the Yorkshire Pirlo over Pascal Struijk.
Liam Cooper has completed more tackles and interceptions per game according to WhoScored and also distributes over 20 more passes per game.
The Whites skipper doesn’t get the credit he deserves sometimes, and maybe this is proof that the club got away with one here on this huge price-tag.
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