Report: Arsenal set to sign Calum Chambers

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BBC Sport report that Arsenal are close to signing Southampton full-back Calum Chambers for a fee in the region of £16m, breaking their own recently set transfer record for a defender.

They go so far as to say that the 19 year-old underwent a medical yesterday, and that the club are now finalising contract terms with the player after a fee was agreed with the Saints.

This may or may not come as a surprise to some, depending on how much transfer poo you read, and where you read it, but Chambers is a player that we’re said to have watched several times over the last 2 seasons.

Young, English and two-footed, he performed capably at right-back for Southampton last season, and is able to provide competent cover at left-back and centre-half as well.

Whilst obviously throwing the short, medium and long-term futures of Carl Jenkinson even further up in the air, Chambers will compensate for the loss of Sagna’s defensive versatility, and will also provide serious competition to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for who gets to be called “Chambo”.

Watch this space.

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