Crystal Palace have made a bid of around £16 million for defender Calum Chambers. The England Under-21 international is believed to be one of the players that Arsene Wenger will let go as he prepares a major re-working of his side for the new season.
After spending last year on loan at Middlesbrough – where Chambers performed well, despite Boro’s relegation – the 22-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements, after a bright start to his Arsenal career in 2014.
Chambers has shown versatility in where he can play over his career, playing at full-back, centre midfield and centre back on occasions since moving from Southampton at 18 years old.
Chambers was part of the England Under-21 team that made it to the Semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship earlier this Summer, and interestingly started ahead of his Arsenal teammate Rob Holding in that tournament. He has also received 3 caps for the England senior team.
Despite starting ahead of him internationally, it would appear Holding is higher up the pecking order at club level – starting in the FA Cup final against Chelsea – which would mean he is also behind Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel, which would make an exit look likely.
Crystal Palace are hopeful of signing the player, and adding him to their ranks alongside the recently signed Jairo Riedewald from Ajax.
Riedewald arrived for £8 million pounds on Monday, and, like Chambers, has shown he is adaptable player across a number of defensive positions. He will be joining his new teammates and former manager Frank de Boer in Hong Kong later this week, where Palace is currently on tour.