Southampton’s Calum Chambers looks certain to be on his way to Arsenal, with the right-back set to seal his move on Monday for a reported £16m fee. Despite only starting for The Saints on 18 outings in the Premier League, Arsène Wenger is willing to pay a hefty fee for the 19-year-old’s services.
Chambers has represented England at the under-19 level, impressing enough to be touted for a full international bow in the coming seasons. He can also operate at center-back, and it’s thought that given time, the youngster can mature into a solid defender in the heart of the Arsenal defense.
Wenger will for now see Chambers providing competition for Mathieu Debuchy. Debuchy signed from Newcastle to replace Bacary Sagna, with the French international joining ex-Gunners Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri at defending champions Manchester City. The Chambers deal will also cast doubt over fellow defender Carl Jenkinson, who has been linked with a loan move away from the North London club in recent weeks.
Chambers is one of many players moving on from Southampton who enjoyed a very successful 2013/14 campaign under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who himself has left the club to take up the managerial hot seat at Tottenham.
Luke Shaw has led a player exodus with a £30m move to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United. Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana sealed moves to Liverpool, with Dejan Lovren also expected to join up with them at Anfield after both clubs agreed to a £20m fee.
Morgan Schneiderlin has also been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham on regular occasions, however, new boss Ronald Koeman is determined to keep the Frenchman at St. Marys as he takes his Southampton side into a new era.