Newcastle’s owner is set to meet with Rafael Benitez to discuss plans for the future and set initial budgets for the next season with Arsenal’s Calum Chambers said to be on his wishlist.

  • Reports claim Chambers is set to be sold this summer
  • Defender has impressed with Middlesbrough this season
  • 22-year-old scored his first goal for Boro against City in their recent 2-2 draw after returning from a stress fracture in his foot

Benitez will want to boost his squad with serious improvements as Newcastle will play in the English top flight next season, and media reports suggest he will have £70 million at his disposal.

The Spaniard has transformed Newcastle from a squad that almost got relegated to third tier football to a squad that earned direct promotion to Premier League.

There are a few players that Benitez will want to bring to St James’ Park. One of them is rumoured to be Calum Chambers.

With Newcastle securing around £100 million from Premier League qualification, there should be some money left to help Benitez improve his side, even if there is doubt that he will get a £70m ‘warchest’.

Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle, is a hard man to negotiate with, and he even prevented Benitez from bringing any players to the club during last transfer window.

22-year-old Chambers has a contract with Arsenal until 2020 and according to is valued at €12 million.

The young Englishman has put in more than a few solid performances for struggling Middlesbrough making a total of 24 appearances in all competitions with average rating of 7.15.

Arsene Wenger has Rob Holding already in the squad and Chambers is set to return this summer. With Virgil van Dijk likely to go to either Chelsea or Liverpool, perhaps the two youngsters need to be shown a certain amount of trust and offered their fair share of game time for the club.