According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal have rejected a bid of around £16million from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace for young defender Calum Chambers. However, the reports also suggest that the Gunners are willing to sell the highly rated young defender, but are looking for a fee of closer to £20million.
Chambers has Potential
I have to say I do rate Chambers and it is hard to doubt his talent. However, he maybe needs to play more first-team football before he is ready to play first-team football at Arsenal.
Chambers spent last season at Middlesbrough and produced some very good performances, despite the north east teams relegation to the Championship. Boro may not have suffered relegation if was not for an injury suffered to Chambers, who was one of their best players.
At 22, he still has plenty of time to mature into a very good player. Maybe he suffers slightly for the fact that he is versatile and does not have a set position.
It should be an advantage, but for the youngster, it has not helped his chances of regular football, as he has never settled into on position at Arsenal.
Too much competition at Arsenal
At many other Premier League clubs, Calum Chambers would probably be a first choice defender. However, the England international has too much competition for a place in that Gunners defence, especially in the centre of defence.
Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding blocked his way into the centre of the Gunners defence last season. Summer signing Sead Kolasinac can also play in the heart of defence, while Nacho Monreal also played in the position last season.
In short, his chances of regular first-team football at Arsenal in the new season are very bleak indeed.
A buy-back clause could be a good idea
For me, Calum Chambers still has a lot of potential and if he plays in the top-flight on a regular basis then he will only get better. Maybe it is the right time for Chambers to leave the north London club on a permanent basis and get first-team football.
One thing that could benefit Arsenal could be a buy-back clause in any sale. It seems to be a popular move when selling young players. Maybe selling Chambers and inserting a buy-back clause could cover Arsenal if the young defender did improve in the future and fulfill his potential.
Whatever happens this summer, it seems that Calum Chambers looks unlikely to see much action in an Arsenal shirt next season.
Should Arsenal sell Calum Chambers this summer?