Report: Fulham must shatter transfer record to sign Calum Chambers from Arsenal

Slavisa Jokanovic manager of Fulham before the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 9, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal won't let Calum Chamers leave on the cheap with Premier League newcomers Fulham reportedly interested.

Calum Chambers of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.

With Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Caglar Soyuncu heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, Calum Chambers looks set to tumble ever further down the pecking order at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old defender has found opportunities increasingly hard to come by during his four years in North London and started just 10 Premier League games last season after spending the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Middlesbrough.

Calum Chambers of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium on April 30,...

Sky Sports claimed on Tuesday that Fulham have renewed their interest in Chambers, who they tried to sign last summer, and looked to have a far better chance this time around after sealing a long-awaited return to the Premier League.

But in new reports provided by The Times, Fulham’s hopes might be over already.

It is understood that Arsenal will demand at least £22 million for the England U21 international. If this does not put him out of Fulham’s price range, surely the Cottagers should come to the conclusion that equally talented players could be found in the market for a much lower fee.

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Arsenal's English defender Calum Chambers during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club...

Arsenal priced Chambers out of a move away from North London last summer, demanding £27 million for the former Southampton youngster amid interest from Crystal Palace. And history might be repeating itself this time around.

Chambers is renowned for his versatility and can also play at right-back. But, with Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, it appears that every route into the first-team is being blocked off.

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