Arsenal defender Calum Chambers returned to his parent club after a season-long loan at Middlesbrough but could be on his way out of the club on a temporary basis again, with Premier League returnees Newcastle United linked, according to Gazette Live.
The 22-year-old made 24 Premier League appearances for Boro last season , scoring one goal and making one assist. Despite a number of impressive performances, he was unable to keep the North-East side in the top-flight and will be keen to avoid a repeat if loaned out to another newly-promoted outfit in 2017/18.
Chambers is 2/1 to join Newcastle in this summer’s transfer window, a move which is likely to be a season-long loan given manager Arsene Wenger is keen to keep him on the books given his age and homegrown status, let alone Arsenal’s £15m investment in 2014. With Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Gabriel and Per Mertesacker as defensive options, there’s stiff competition for Chambers, who hasn’t made an appearance for the Gunners since August 2016.
The former Southampton man is still rated highly at Arsenal and it’s believed he will have a future when Mertesacker retires next summer. Koscielny is in the twilight years of his career too, while Gabriel has struggled to hold down a starting place since his move from Villarreal. But will Chambers be leaving for the short-term to continue his development with a Premier League side offering first-team football?