Chelsea ready to pay Brighton asking price for 22-year-old defender

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Chelsea are reportedly planning whether to meet Brighton & Hove Albion’s £40m asking price for Liverpool long-term target Ben White.

Despite having never played a single minute in the Premier League, White has just helped Leeds United to make a promotion back to the English top-tier.

While the Yorkshire giants are unlikely to make his move permanent ahead of the next season, the 22-year-old defender is attracting interest from a wide range of clubs.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are ready to put themselves at the front of the queue by planning to meet Brighton’s asking price for his services.

Having witnessed his team struggled at the back throughout the season, Frank Lampard is eager to sign at least one new centre-back ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Although top-flight champions the Merseyside Reds are also believed to be in the running, it appears unlikely that the Merseyside outfit will want to pay a significant fee for a 22-year-old defender who would only be regarded as a backup to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.

Norwich City defensive duo Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis have been also linked with a switch to Anfield.