Arsenal are reportedly set to sign Southampton teenager Calum Chambers after the player passed his medical, according to reports in BBC.
The 19 year old has made 25 first-team appearances for the Saints, having come through their youth system and follows the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in completing a move from Southampton to the Gunners.
The report states that Arsenal are now closing in on a deal for the defender and it’s believed he underwent a medical on Friday after we agreed a fee worth in the region of £16 million with Southampton. The Gunners have also enquired about Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, who played for France at the World Cup.
The right-back will battle fellow new signing Mathieu Debuchy for first team action and looks set to become the club’s fourth summer signing.
The youngster can play right back, but can also provide competent cover at left-back and centre-half as well. It’s believed he will act as fourth choice centre-back cover as Arsenal push to bring in another centre back should Thomas Vermaelen leave. He can cover two positions, he’s fast, he’s tall and he has a big, big future ahead of him. There are also suggestions he has played successfully as a defensive midfielder.
The move poses questions over the futures of Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin, with one of them expected to go out on loan this coming season. Chambers is also versatile enough to play at centre-back, so it remains to be seen whether Wenger plans to keep both Chambers and Jenkinson and use both as cover for right-back and centre-back.
It is difficult to predict how good will Chambers turn out to be and therefore such a high price tag will come as a risk to the Gunners. However, quality back up in each position can do no harm and will enhance the squad for the upcoming campaign.
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