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Calum Chambers courted by Manchester United prior to £11m Arsenal deal

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Arsenal are on the verge of signing Southampton defender Calum Chambers, who has also been extensively courted by Premier League rivals Manchester United, it has been revealed.

According to the Independent, the England U19 international captain has attracted admiring glances from a number of different clubs - not just the north Londoners - and is expected to formally complete his transfer from St Mary's on Monday.

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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks set to secure the surprise capture of the versatile Saints star by paying an initial £11 million for the player's services.

It's expected that Chambers will act as right-back cover for fellow summer signing Mathieu Debuchy, whilst also providing an additional reserve option for Arsenal at centre-back.

Surprise transfer

The transfer comes as something of a shock given that the talented teenager has made just 23 first-team appearances for Southampton, making his senior breakthrough under the former tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino last season.

There have been varying figures touted by a number of different media outlets, but the most commonly reported sum - with add-ons included - seems to amount to a total of £16 million.

Aside from the extravagant fee that the Gunners appear set to pay, it's even more surprising to hear of Manchester United's alleged interest in the 19-year-old.

Man United interest?

Louis van Gaal has already swooped for Chambers's former Southampton team-mate Luke Shaw, with the fellow academy graduate moving to Old Trafford in a whopping £27 million deal earlier this summer.

Now it's believed that the Red Devils wanted to take the other full-back as well, but look set to miss out on his signature after choosing to move to the Emirates Stadium.

The route from the south coast to north London is a well-trodden path, with Chambers set to follow in the footsteps of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by swapping Southampton for Arsenal.

There is no doubting that the latest hot prospect off the Southampton production line has huge potential, but given the size of the transfer fee and the player's relative experience, it is something of a gamble taken by Wenger.

However, if there is one thing the 64-year-old Frenchman is famous for, it's unearthing top talent, and providing an environment to help nurture and develop it, hopefully into a huge star of the future.

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