Liverpool ‘would have to pay at least £50m for Brighton defender Ben White’ if they turn to him in January in bid to replace injured Virgil van Dijk
- Brighton would demand at least £50million for Ben White in the January window
- Liverpool are reportedly eyeing up a move for the 23-year-old defender
- It comes after Virgil van Dijk was ruled out with a long-term knee injury this week
Jurgen Klopp was dealt a huge injury blow earlier this week when it was revealed that Virgil van Dijk would miss the majority of the season after he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament during last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
White is seen as a suitable cover for the talismanic Dutchman but the Reds would have to pay a premium if they are to sign him in the new year, according to The Sun.
Liverpool will have to fork out ‘at least £50million’ if they are to sign Ben White in January
The report also claims that the Seagulls would not stand in his way if they received an offer from the Big Six, but remain confident that he will stay for the entirety of this season.
The 23-year-old played an integral role in helping get Leeds back to the big time while on loan at Elland Road last season.
White’s stock has since shot through the roof and he was the subject of three bids from Leeds for a permanent deal.
However, the centre back instead signed a new four-year deal on the south coast last month, leaving any potential suitors with a hefty price tag to pay if they are to secure his signature.
White would come in as cover for Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a knee injury against Everton
Van Dijk faces a number of months on the sidelines because of Jordan Pickford’s challenge
While it is his first taste of Premier League football, White has played in every game for the Seagulls this season and has looked assured, with good technical ability and poise on the ball.
Featuring alongside Lewis Dunk, White has slotted in seamlessly under Graham Potter in this campaign.
Jordan Pickford escaped punishment for his knee-high lunge on Van Dijk while Richarlison was sent off for a rash challenge on Thiago in the same game, causing injuries to both.
Klopp condemned the tackles, saying they were both ‘difficult to accept’.
White (right) has played in every game for the Seagulls this season and has looked assured
‘A couple of days ago something happened which should not have happened in a football game,’ he said.
‘Both challenges were difficult to accept. It’s hard for us because Virgil is our boy. Usually, players try to play the ball but not in these two challenges.
‘In the last four years, we were the leader of the fair play table. We don’t get anything for that, it’s something people joke about. We were up there in both…