Manchester United have been handed a transfer boost in their hopes of signing Brighton’s Ben White this summer.
The MEN revealed in April that United have been closely following White’s progress this season and sources indicated that the 23-year-old sees himself at a big club like United, having excelled since returning to Brighton from his loan spell at Leeds.
White ‘s performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with Gareth Southgate including the versatile centre-back in England’s 33-man provisional squad for the upcoming European Championship and he’s gone from strength to strength this campaign.
However, while the MEN understands that it would take a bid in excess of £35m to tempt Brighton to consider sanctioning an exit for White, the South Coast club’s chairman, businessman Tony Bloom, has discussed his side’s financial losses, caused by the pandemic.
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“This season and the previous season have been really tough financially. We have lost over £50m purely because of Covid over the two seasons. That money is never coming back,” Bloom told BBC Radio Sussex.
“So, we have to be as prudent as we can in the coming seasons and try and be as competitive as we can.
“It is not easy, it is not easy for us or other clubs and some of the bigger clubs would have lost a lot more money because of the income that they get from bigger grounds and their huge hospitality and sponsorship compared to us.
“So, we have all got to manage that situation. I think we will see over the next two to three transfer seasons that things will be a little bit different than there have been historically.”
It seems fair to speculate that Brighton could be open to a reasonable bid for White this summer considering their financial loss.