Transfer news: Arsenal interested in £10m Southampton defender Calum Chambers as Bacary Sagna replacement
French defender set to reject offer of new deal
Arsenal are interested in signing Southampton defender Calum Chambers in the summer as they fear losing Bacary Sagna.
The French defender has reportedly been offered a new two-year deal at the club, worth around £75,000 a week, but looks set to reject it and leave Arsenal in the summer.
Sagna is demanding a three-year deal but manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to sanction that for a 31-year-old, especially given his admiration for fellow right-back Chambers, who has been so impressive in his 19 appearances for Southampton this term.
Chambers signed a new four-year contract with the Saints last July but it is believed that an offer in the region of £10million could be enough to land the 19-year-old.
But United, keen to rebuild this summer after a turbulent first season under David Moyes, are also thought to be interested in Chambers, and there could even be a move to bring the player and his Southampton team-mates Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana to Old Trafford in time for next season.
It is understood that Arsenal are also monitoring Sebastian Jung, the Eintracht Frankfurt defender. Although Eintracht have found life difficult this season — they are 13th in the Bundesliga and have not pulled clear of relegation trouble — Jung, 23, has been one of their best players and seems certain to leave, regardless of which league they will play in.
Wenger has shown an admiration for German players in recent seasons, bringing Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil to the club, while Serge Gnabry was recruited from Stuttgart as a 15-year-old in the summer of 2010. Jung was called into the German squad in November 2012 but did not play and he is still waiting for his first cap.
Wenger’s search for a new right-back could have an impact on the future of Carl Jenkinson, who has made 19 appearances this season but has been the clear second choice behind Sagna. Jenkinson is believed to be a target for Newcastle, who would be keen to take the 22-year-old to St James’ Park on a season-long loan deal.
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