There was a report in the Mail yesterday that Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace have made a £16M bid for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle this summer.
But with Newcastle signing 23 year-old right back Javier Manquillo today from Atletico Madrid that would seem to lessen the chances that Rafa will also go after Chambers, unless he sees him as a centre-back or utility defender.
While we have been linked a quite a lot with Calum this summer it could be his fee is too high for Newcastle who have only limited funds this summer.
22 year-old Arsenal utility defender Calum Chambers
But certainly, we should still be able to afford £16M for such a good young player as Chambers.
Rafa could turn this lad into a top footballer if he does sign him for Newcastle.
But Newcastle will need to decide soon if they want to sign Calum Chambers because with the Crystal Palace offer submitted yesterday a deal could be wrapped up quickly by the London club.
Newcastle have brought in Florian Lejeune and also Javier Manquillo at the end of today – and we do need at least one and maybe two defenders still signed this summer.
We have been linked with Real Betis left back Riza Durmesi yesterday and we have reportedly put in a bid of £8.8M for him
Calum is a very good young player who came through Southampton’s Youth Academy before signing on at Arsenal for around £13M three years ago,
He turned 22 years old in January and he’s made 23 total appearances for Middlesbrough on loan this season.
Chambers is a versatile player who can play at right back or center-back and if Rafa is interested he obviously thinks he can improve the 3 times capped England International.
Certainly, Calum is a classy young player and should have a great future ahead of him in the game.
He joined Southampton at the age of seven back in 2002 and came through their famous Youth Academy and eventually played 25 times for the Saints first team before moving to Arsenal in the summer of 2014.
In the two seasons he was at Arsenal vying for a first team place, he played 58 times for them before moving on loan to Middlesbrough last summer for the season.
He made his debut for England against Norway back in September 2104 when England won 1–0 at Wembley Stadium.
We would be very happy is Newcastle can sign Calum Chambers this summer but there may be other priorities for Rafa to spend the big bucks – like to buy a top striker and a top playmaker for example.
What do you think?