Manchester United & Arsenal offered hope of signing Calum Chambers

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Arsenal and Manchester United have been offered fresh hope that Southampton will be willing to let defensive starlet Calum Chambers leave this summer, with The Mirror reporting that Leeds United full-back Sam Byram has been lined up as a potential replacement.

Chambers has emerged as a surprise target for both United and the Gunners thanks to a very strong debut season in the Premier League, which has seen him emerge as the one of the country's most promising young defenders.

The 18-year-old is the latest starlet to emerge from Southampton's conveyor belt of talent, with Arsenal and United both reportedly tracking his progress with a view to a summer bid.

Saints are no strangers to interest in their best academy graduates, with the persistent speculation surrounding Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana serving as a prime example, but may be ready to let Chambers leave if they can sign Byram on the cheap.

Byram has been scouted by Saints and The Mirror believe Mauricio Pochettino is ready to take advantage of continued financial unrest at Elland Road by lodging a cut-price summer offer, providing competition for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back and paving the way for a healthy profit to be made on Chambers.

Mirror Sport have this morning reported that unless Leeds receive a fresh takeover bid they will be in no position to turn down offers for star players when the current campaign concludes.

United and Arsenal are both searching for long-term alternatives at full-back, with the Gunners in particular planning for life without Bacary Sagna thanks to a breakdown in talks over a new deal.

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