Arsenal reportedly told Ben White that they hope to make more signings this summer during the negotiations that took him to north London.
The 23-year-old, who was part of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 squad, has penned a long-term deal at the Emirates for a reported £50million after completing his medical on Friday.
White impressed for the Seagulls last term, making 36 Premier League appearances, and leaves for a club-record fee.
After completing the signing, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said on the club’s website: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing.
“Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.
“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us.
“And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fits with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.”
The Athletic claims Arsenal had ‘five bids rejected’ before agreeing a deal to bring White to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Brighton ‘played hardball to achieve their initial asking price’ of £50m while Arteta made ‘it crystal clear to the club’s owners that White was the man and the player he thought was best suited to bolstering their defence and transforming their ailing fortunes’.
White’s England call-up for Euro 2020 only strengthened Brighton’s position and ‘Arteta checked in with Bukayo Saka to get the youngster’s view on his potential new clubmate’.
The Athletic add that Arteta ‘had in-depth telephone conversations with Arteta in which the Spaniard made clear exactly where he saw the defender fitting into his team — as the right-sided centre-back — and also that Arsenal hope that he won’t be the club’s last “significant” signing of the summer’.
However, they do warn that ‘additional deals may be dependant on exactly who Arsenal can get out of the door in the coming week’.