GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,
The Gunners are reportedly closing in on a £50million deal for Brighton defender Ben White.
Arsenal have set their sights on the England prospect and talks are planned, according to The Athletic, ahead of the potential move.
White was rewarded for his impressive form at Brighton with a place in the England squad for Euro 2020 after Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out through injury.
Arsenal reportedly offered £40m for the 23-year-old but Brighton are determined to hold out for £10m more.
Defence is one of his main priorities and the versatile White, who can play right-back, centrally or in midfield, is one of Arteta’s major targets.
Mikel Arteta wants to revamp his squad after the Gunners missed out on European football for the first time in 25 years.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have missed out on extending Martin Odegaard’s loan stay after the midfielder confirmed his future lies with Real Madrid.
He told Norway’s TV2: “Real Madrid have been clear that they would like me back. So then it will be time to go there when the training starts up again.
“Of course it has always been a dream to play there. I have been in the club for over six years now, and that has always been the goal.
“I always want to play, I have said that all the time. Playing hard is important.”
And finally, Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined Stuttgart on a season-long loan.
The Bundesliga outfit have paid a loan fee of £500,000 to bring him back to the club, having spent the 2020/21 season on loan too.
Stuttgart have the option to make the move permanent in a deal worth up to £5million, according to The Athletic.
And Mavropanos will become a Stuttgart player if they remain in the top-flight this season.
They will be obligated to pay £3million for the defender, and bonuses up to £1.5m are also included in the deal.
The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year deal should the permanent transfer clause be activated.