Arsenal are set to announce the signing of their new star early this week. But unknowing to many, the Gunner’s had to fight for his signature from bitter rivals.
Calum Chambers attracted the interest of both Arsenal and Manchester United.
The latter of the two Premier League giants, now managed by Louis van Gaal opted to sign Luke Shaw for £30 million instead while Arsene Wenger looks set to secure Chambers’ signature.
Louis van Gaal has already swooped for Chambers’s former Southampton team-mate Luke Shaw, with the fellow academy graduate moving to Old Trafford in a whopping £30 million deal earlier this summer.
Now it’s believed that the Red Devils wanted to take the other full-back as well, but look set to miss out on his signature after choosing to move to the Emirates Stadium.
The route from the south coast to north London is a well-trodden path, with Chambers set to follow in the footsteps of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by swapping Southampton for Arsenal.
Born in 1995, Chambers was promoted from the Saints’ academy in 2012 after impressing for the club’s youth side.
Immediately featuring for the England under-17s side, making six appearances and scoring three goals, Chambers made his Southampton debut during the 4-1 League Cup victory over Stevenage in August.
A year later, after making a name for himself in the reserves, the Saints hierarchy wasted no time in getting the youngster signed up to a four-year contract at St. Mary’s.
Earning his Premier League debut against West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the following season, a 1-0 win at the Hawthorns, it wasn’t long until he was a regular member of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
There have been varying figures touted by a number of different media outlets, but the most commonly reported sum with add-ons included seems to amount to a total of £16 million.