Eyebrows were raised when the Gunners earmarked White as their leading candidate to bolster their defence and effectively replace David Luiz following his departure at the end of last season.
White, who had just completed his first full campaign as a Premier League player, had few other genuine suitors, yet Arsenal were still forced to make the 23-year-old their most expensive ever defender with Brighton playing hardball with their prize asset.
Given Manchester United, by comparison, paid a relatively modest £34million for World Cup winner Raphael Varane, White’s fee appeared to be particularly exorbitant.
According to the Athletic, however, White will be earning £80,000-a-week over the course of his five-year contract, including bonuses, which will bring the total cost of the transfer to £67m.
By contrast, former Real Madrid stalwart Varane, who was in the last year of his deal with the Spanish giants, will earn a staggering £300,000-a-week at Old Trafford, bringing the total cost of his transfer to £100m.
By the time the France international reaches the end of his current contract he will be 32 years old and edging towards the end of his career, while White should be at the peak of his powers.
The England international, meanwhile, has missed the last three matches following a bout of Covid but returned on Thursday as a reserve strength Arsenal team beat Brentford 4-0 in a behind closed doors friendly.
Attempting to clarify Arsenal’s strategy amid scathing criticism after that victory, Mikel Arteta defended spending close to £160m on five players between the ages of 21 and 23 this summer.
He said: ‘It was a really complicated market. We had a lot of things to do, I think we had 16 or 17 transactions in total, which is a lot. The club has made a big effort, we had support from the owners to try to do it and we had to recruit in the terms that we could, and I am very pleased.
‘Yes, different experiences, some had experience in the league, so abroad, and some have been coached in other ways, but they are players we have followed for a long time that we knew could fit in the model we are trying to implement at the club. So we are pleased.’
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