Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Southampton starlet Calum Chambers, and want to make him the long-term replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna.
According to the Daily Mirror, citing the Sunday People, the English full-back has been scouted twice by representatives from the Emirates Stadium whilst playing at u-19 level for his country, and Wenger has clearly been impressed by the information relayed to him. Chambers now finds himself the priority candidate to fill the void left by Sagna, who has opted to join Premier League champions Manchester City after rejecting the chance to sign another contract in north London.
The 31-year-old will leave Wenger will a hole to fill in the right-back slot which he dominated for so long, and in Chambers Arsenal would have a precocious talent that they could mould into a star player for the future. The Saints youngster only signed a new four-year deal on the south coast last summer, and so the fee to be paid for his services is likely to be higher than that required to land Wenger’s other potential defensive targets.
Southampton are now staring down the barrel of a mass exodus, having already lost Rickie Lambert to Liverpool and manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham. It’s thought that a deal to take Luke Shaw to Manchester United for around £27million is in the pipeline, and the future of prized playmaker Adam Lallana is very much up in the air.
As such Wenger will likely have to be savvy with his approach for Chambers, with his club more than certainly prepared to resist the temptation to cash in on yet another top talent. With Sagna gone however, Arsenal know they have to be dogged in their pursuit.