Report: Chelsea and Spurs tracking 'special' player, Klopp drops out of the race

Sam Preston December 2, 2020
Report: Chelsea and Spurs tracking 'special' player, Klopp drops out of the race
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Chelsea and Tottenham are among the clubs tracking Brighton’s Ben White, according to Sky Sports.

But they report Liverpool have ‘no interest’ in signing the Englishman, despite their defensive crisis.

The report claims Liverpool have been watching White since his time at Leeds but their interest seems to have cooled.

That’s a boost for the London rivals – who played out a 0-0 draw on Sunday – in what will likely be a hotly-contested race for his signature, with the Sun reporting in October Brighton want £50 million for White.

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White earned rave reviews at Elland Road last season, with former Leeds man Noel Whelan calling him ‘special’ last December.

Earlier this term, Sky’s Jamie Redknapp waxed lyrical about him, as per the Argus, saying: “Ben White, there is a centre back there who is going to go right to the top.

“He is so comfortable on the ball, you can see why Leeds wanted to keep him. 

“That young man is destined for an amazing future, he’s comfortable on the ball, brilliant defensively and I love him.”


Liverpool might have been expected to swoop for White next month given their defensive injury crisis, but Sky Sports reported otherwise.

Spurs signed Joe Rodon in the summer, but with Toby Alderweireld now 31 and Davinson Sanchez enduring a nervous season, Jose Mourinho is keeping an eye on White.

Chelsea have a host of central defensive options but are likely already planning for a future without Thiago Silva, who was only ever a stop-gap – admittedly a very good one.

The Sky Sports report says White ranks as the fourth-best centre half in the division this season – and it’s no surprise top clubs are tracking him.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.