Arsenal are poised to continue their recent transfer activity as they plot a move for Southampton wonderkid Calum Chambers, according to the Daily Star.
The publication claims that despite the fact Arsene Wenger has all but officially confirmed the signing of Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy, and also has his eyes on Atletico Madrid youngster Javi Manquillo, the Gunners boss wants to bring in Chambers as a replacement for the outgoing Carl Jenkinson. It’s thought that the Frenchman will consent to allowing the right-back leave for Newcastle, but is keen to ensure that the spot he leaves is adequately filled - a particularly pertinent point given Bacary Sagna’s previous exit.
There’s no questioning the fact that Southampton will want to retain the services of their young full-back, given that they’ve already seen their squad harmony dented by the exits of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.
That being said new Saints boss Ronald Koeman may just be tempted if Wenger can offer him a deal which includes an attack-minded player, and the Star cites that Serge Gnabry might be one such candidate for a swap arrangement.
Despite initial concerns that Arsenal would be caught short following the sale of Sagna, it now looks as though Wenger could have a surplus of right-sided full-backs on his hands. With Debuchy the obvious favourite to take the starting spot next season, both Manquillo and Chambers could then fight it out for the honour of being back up.
It’s said that the deal which would see Manquillo move to north London is most likely to be a temporary one, in order for Wenger to decide next season if wants him on a permanent basis. This would infer that Chambers would be given the nod ahead of his Spanish counterpart, whilst the man currently on the books at the Emirates Stadium, Jenkinson, would be removed from the equation by way of his sale to Newcastle.
Though the Englishman has been in and around the first-team Arsenal squad for three seasons now, he’s never really threatened to make the right-back slot his own. It makes sense to assume that had Sagna not jumped ship in favour of Manchester City then he’d still rule the roost, and it was always unlikely that Wenger was going to place his faith in Jenkinson after his exit.
The 22-year-old is versatile, and stable enough, but his development seems to have gone about as far as it will go, and question marks remain over his ability to cut it at the top level. A switch to Newcastle would see him gain regular first-team football, and in a setting more suited to his ability.