Report: Southampton battle Premier League rivals for Arsenal outcast Calum Chambers

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

Calum Chambers began his career at Southampton and could return from Arsenal - though Everton and Newcastle United are also interested.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers celebrates scoring their third goalArsenal's Calum Chambers

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to claim that Calum Chambers left Southampton too early.

According to the BBC, 25 games was all it took to convince Arsenal to shell out £16 million to sign the 19-year-old in the summer of 2014. However, it’s fair to say the versatile defender is yet to live up to the expectations.

Chambers struggled to nail down a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s first XI despite a bright start to life at The Emirates and spent last season on loan at relegated Middlesbrough.

Therefore, a return to his roots would appear to represent an excellent opportunity for the three-time England international to get his career back on track. And The Sun claim that Southampton want to sign their academy graduate on a season-long loan deal.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers, Santi Cazorla and Serge Gnabry celebrate after their first goal

 

Second chance

Though the 22-year-old started out on the right hand side of defence, it’s likely that The Saints would give him a chance in his favoured position at centre-half next season.

After all, Portuguese international Cedric Soares has the right-back role on lockdown and doubts surrounding the future of Virgil van Dijk means Southampton may need a replacement in the middle. Despite Middlesbrough finishing 19th last season, Chambers impressed at centre-half alongside Ben Gibson.

Middlesbrough's Calum Chambers applauds fans after the match

Furthermore, the short-term move would appear to benefit all parties. Southampton would be getting a player who knows the club without having to pay a single penny in transfer fees while Chambers could give his Arsenal prospects a shot in the arm by impressing on the South Coast.

The Sun claims that both Newcastle United and Everton are interested in signing Chambers on permanent deals but Southampton’s interest may blow them out of the water.

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