Calum Chambers was identified early in the summer as a player Rafa Benitez thought would be a good buy for Newcastle United.
The former Southampton youngster had come through the famous Saints Academy and had been sold to Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for around £16M.
After doing well initially at the Gunners and making 36 appearances (22 in Premier League) if his first season at the Emirates, his appearances started to tailed off in his second season when he made just 22 appearances and only 12 in the Premier League.
Calum Chambers in action for Arsenal
So last season he was sent out on loan to Middlesbrough where he had a good season and played well at right back making 26 appearances in total with 24 in the Premier League.
Now there’s a report out today in the Star that the Arsenal defender is wanted by his former club Southampton and that he could soon be going back at St. Mary’s.
It’s almost certain that Arsenal will be looking to get their £16M back on Chambers and it remains to be seen if Newcastle are willing to pay that much for the 22 year-old with Rafa wanting around eight first team players in total brought in this summer.
But Calum is just the type of good technical young player who Rafa could make into a much better player at Newcastle and he can also play at center-back.
Calum could be worth a lot more than £16M in a few years time, especially with the transfer fees starting to spiral out of control this summer.
You always need to look at the big picture with some of the these things.
Maybe we could even get the lad in on loan for next season, with an option to buy him next year?
What do you think?