MORNING ARSENAL FANS
Everton have told Brighton they will pay £50million for Ben White – on the instruction of new boss Rafa Benitez.
Arsenal have been trying to persuade the Seagulls into selling them the England defender but have had trouble coming up with the money to match their valuation.
So Everton have moved straight in to tell Brighton that they will pay the guaranteed money they are looking for, and are now attempting to put together bonus packages to try to get the deal secured.
New boss Benitez highlighted signing a new central defender as one of the key areas to strengthen when he was in negotiations to take charge.
And he made it clear White, 23, is his number one choice and the Merseysiders would rather not mess around so told the Seagulls board they will match the £50m they are looking for.
In contrast, Arsenal have only gone as far as offering £42million guaranteed with a further £6m in add-ons, a bid that was quickly dismissed.
Elsewhere, Inter Miami have pulled out of a move for Willian.
SunSport understands the Arsenal man wanted around £8.7million a year – £167,000 per week – to play in MLS which is too much for David Beckham’s side.
It’s a blow for boss Phil Neville who hopes to offload Mexican international Rodolfo Pizarro this month to a club back home in Liga MX.
That would then free up a designated overseas player spot which Neville wanted to use for Willian, 32, before his demands proved too much.
Out-of-sorts Gonzalo Higuain is the club’s current top earner, bagging an annual salary of £4.19million or £80,500 per week.
Willian’s Arsenal contract expires in 2023 but he wants to quit the Gunners after a difficult first season.
Arsenal have offered academy product Reiss Nelson a new contract.
And the Gunners have reportedly reduced their asking price for bad-boy Matteo Guendouzi.
Marseille are edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign the midfielder, according to French journalist Alexis Bernard.
The Gunners initially wanted £17million but the Ligue 1 side did not want to pay more than £10m.
And finally, Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow as Sweden star Alexander Isak has signed a five-year deal with Real Sociedad.
The Swedish international has put pen to paper on a new contract with the LaLiga side which will force the Gunners to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.
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