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Arsenal complete the signing of Ben White


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2021 Jul 31, 8:09, London
In this file photo dated Saturday, May 15, 2021, Brighton's Ben White, in action during an English Premier League soccer match against West Ham at the Amex stadium in Brighton, England. Arsenal has signed defender Ben White to a long-term contract after luring the England international away from Brighton, it is announced Friday, July 30, 2021. Photo: AP

Arsenal signed defender Ben White to a long-term contract on Friday after luring the England center back away from Brighton, which described the transfer fee it received as a club record.

The teams did not disclose details but it was widely reported the fee was 50 million pounds ($69.5 million), and the length of the contract five years.

The 23-year-old White was a member of the England team in the European Championship after 36 Premier League appearances last season for the south-coast club.

“Ben has been a key target this summer,” Arsenal technical director Edu said. “He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range.”

White had a breakthrough season on loan with Leeds in 2019-20, when Marcelo Bielsa helped them to earn a promotion to the Premier League. White led Brighton in minutes played last season.

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