Everton are reportedly considering a £15m move for Calum Chambers as their spending spree continues.
- Everton have identified Chambers as a backup option should they fail to land their first choice
- £15m is less than Arsenal paid for Chambers in 2014
- Chambers has more top-level experience than Ben Gibson who is rated at £30m
The Toffees are looking to sign Burnley’s Michael Keane, however reports today claim that they will turn to Arsenal’s Englishman if they aren’t able to get that deal over the line.
After the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi last season, Chambers was sent out on loan where he impressed at the back for Middlesbrough despite their relegation. In fact, although Ben Gibson received all the plaudits and a £30m price tag, it was actually the Arsenal man who was the more impressive of the two at the Riverside last season.
Chambers, who is two years younger than Gibson, is certainly not worth only half what Boro are seeking for their player – a trend that seems to exist when it comes to people wanting to buy Arsenal players. Juventus, remember, offered just £4.4m for Wojciech Szczesny, the best keeper in Serie A last season and a player they have identified to replace one of the best keepers the game has ever seen.
Indeed, Chambers has more Premier League experience than Gibson, having made 82 appearances in the competition, along with 10 Champions League appearances. Gibson has just 38 games in the Premier League and zero European experience. Chambers also has more experience at England u21 level and is the only one of the pair to be capped at senior England level (3).
With three years left on his current contract, £15m is less than Arsenal paid for the former Southampton man just a couple of seasons ago which, to me, makes no sense whatsoever.
There have been rumblings that Chambers will be sent out on loan again but it’s hard to see Arsenal selling him this summer.
It’s even harder to see them selling him for £15m.