Leeds find out asking price of Ben White ahead of summer window

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Leeds United are on the verge of promotion.

Their clash with Fulham at the weekend marked a genuine turning point for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Had they lost, they could have faced an anxious end to the season, with the London club cutting the gap to their Elland Road counterparts to just four points.

Instead, they ran rampant, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford, Ezgjan Alioski, and Jack Harrison.

That result means that Leeds are currently top of the Championship, three points clear of West Bromwich Albion in second and eight clear of third-placed Brentford.

Ben White has played a major role in the club’s attempts to win promotion to the Premier League, and played the 90 minutes on Saturday, keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet for the duration.

He has played 39 times in the Championship this season – he hasn’t missed a single game - but Alan Nixon, the reputable journalist, has now revealed exactly how much White would cost to buy this summer.

He has, of course, been on loan at Elland Road from Brighton & Hove Albion and is set to return to the Seagulls at the end of the campaign.

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Nixon wrote on Twitter, when asked about the possibility of him moving on: “He’s a Brighton player.

“He’s got a new contract lined up. If he wants to go it will be 40-50m.”

Even if Leeds go up, that is a huge figure.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is a major blow for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

White has been an exceptional player for the club this term, arriving as a replacement for Pontus Janssen and becoming a key player under the Argentine.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has previously said that his future will be decided at the end of the season and it remains to be seen if he will move on.

White has only ever played twice for the Seagulls but they would be foolish to cash in at this point given that he looks ready to drop straight into Premier League football.

Leeds, though, will almost certainly want to keep him.

They will be backed by the riches of their promotion if they do go up, but splashing £50m on one player simply doesn’t make sense.

They may have to bid White a fond farewell regardless of their promotion.

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