Crystal Palace have reportedly joined a number of Premier League sides in the race for Calum Chambers’ signature this summer.
According to the Croydon Advertiser, the 22-year-old, who impressed last season while out on loan at eventually-relegated Middlesbrough, is a transfer target for a host of clubs and could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis as a result.
Arsenal are heavily overstocked in central defence and are likely to let Chambers leave if manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t feel he can guarantee the Englishman regular game time.
With Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny having ended the season as a first-choice backline under Wenger, Chambers will struggle for starts in 2017/18. He isn’t gettting any younger but needs to have regular action to boost his development.
Along with teammate Kieran Gibbs, newly-promoted side Newcastle have been linked with a move for Chambers. Everton and West Ham are also looking at ways to strengthen their backline and could make an ambitious approach, though Wenger’s comments about Chambers’ development suggest he’d be reluctant to agree a permanent departure.