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Sol Campbell reveals Ben White transfer doubts as Arsenal legend questions £50m fee

ARSENAL legend Sol Campbell has expressed his concern over whether Ben White will make an immediate impact at the Emirates.

The Gunners are understood to be closing in on the signing of the Brighton centre-back in a £50million deal.

Brighton defender Ben White is closing in on a move to join Arsenal
Gunners icon Campbell is unsure whether White will make an instant impact at the Emirates

Mikel Arteta‘s side are expected to announce his arrival in North London once he completes his medical later this week.

The former Leeds loanee, 23, has already agreed personal terms ahead of his move, where he will likely partner Gabriel in the heart of defence.

And despite fans and pundits lauding the imminent switch, Campbell has questioned if White is the right man for his former employers.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “It needs to work out because Arsenal are not in the position to shift out £50m for a player. He’ll definitely have to start.

“If it does happen and the medical is all good, he’ll have to hit the ground running. It’s a difficult one, it’s a lot of money.

“They’re looking at the years ahead and they see a future. He can play in midfield or as a full-back.

“At £50m, you’ve got to be the master of your position.”

Campbell also stated that Arsenal should be competing with Manchester United in the race to secure Raphael Varane’s services.

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He added: “Forget about the price tag it is all about experience and whether he is going to command.

“I obviously don’t know much about him, but he got into the England’s Euros squad and is clearly a top player.

“For me hopefully it does work out, but if you want that instant success and you want to build a team, you bring in Ben White.

“But you also bring in someone like Raphael Varane – you bring both of them in!”

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