Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger closes in on Calum Chambers capture for £11m
Wenger goes back to Southampton's academy for young right-back
Sunday 27 July 2014
Arsenal are closing in on the £11m signing of Southampton right-back Calum Chambers as Arsene Wenger adds to his defensive options.
Chambers has made only 18 Premier League starts, but the FA Cup holders are undeterred by the inflated fee which the Saints have asked for the 19-year-old.
The price tag, initially believed to be in the region of £16m but now looks considerably lower, is expected to include a number of clauses based on the player's future successes.
Arsenal lost Bacary Sanga to title rivals Manchester City this summer, but have since replaced him with Newcastle United star Mathieu Debuchy.
Chambers, who rose to fame last season as Southampton achieved a top-half finish, is considered to be a long-term option for Wenger who believes he can become England's next right-back.
Carl Jenkinson, who would have been back-up to Debuchy this year, is now linked with a switch to Hull City.
Wenger has history in terms of raiding the Saints' academy for talent having signed both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from St. Mary's.
Read more: Wenger wants to play Thierry Henry
Cazorla and Monreal linked with Atletico switch
Wenger could plug defensive gap with Wilshere
Ronald Koeman has arrived in the midst of a mass exodus at Southampton with Luke Shaw being followed out of the exit by Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert while Dejan Lovren is likely to join the duo at Liverpool.
Morgan Schneiderlin is another star who could be leaving the South Coast club with former boss Mauricio Pochettino, now at Tottenham Hotspur, said to be considering an offer for the France international.
Latest in Sport
Phillip Hughes: #putoutyourbats tribute sees Twitter users pay their respects to Hughes including Graeme Swann and David Warner
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Phillip Hughes death: UK company Masuri say Australian opener was wearing 'outdated helmet'
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'