Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of centre-back Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to rebuild his squad this summer and quickly identified centre-back as a position of weakness, particularly following the departure of David Luiz at the end of last season.
A handful of targets were suggested but Arsenal quickly set their sights on 23-year-old White, but Brighton were reluctant to sell the newly capped England international and slapped a hefty price tag of around £50m on White’s head.
After some brief negotiations, the two clubs came to an agreement earlier this month, and now Arsenal have taken to their official website to confirm that the deal is finally done – adding that he’ll wear the number 4 shirt.
Speaking of his arrival, Arteta said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons.
He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.