Arsenal name their price for coveted 25 year-old defender

Arsenal have placed a £12 Million asking price on the head of Calum Chambers, with Teamtalk revealing that both Leeds and Fulham having held talks over his signature.

The Gunners are working tirelessly to offload some of their fringe players, and while Chambers was playing regularly before his injury in December, we have since signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares, as well as having William Saliba return from loan, and our impending capture of Gabriel Magalhaes has seen him fall down the pecking order in North London.

The Elland Road club are ready to try their hand in an attempt to bring him to Yorkshire, but they may struggle to beat Fulham to his signature, with Chambers having enjoyed a successful loan spell there previously.

Leeds are also said to have held talks with Arsenal over the potential signing of Rob Holding also, who has also found himself slipping down the pecking order, but it remains to be seen whether the Peacocks would we interested in signing both, or just one of the pair.

The Yorkshire club are also believed to be keen on securing the signature of Brighton’s Ben White, after he impressed on loan with the club last season, but that deal doesn’t look overly easy to get over the line.

I personally would rather have seen Chambers stay at the club, but given his torrid injury record, you can’t blame Arsenal for allowing him to leave for pastures new.

Am I alone in preferring Chambers at RB to Cedric or Bellerin? Or think he still has plenty more potential to meet despite his injuries?

Patrick

Tags Calum Chambers Fulham Leeds

21 Comments

  1. Val says:

    So we have the following CB’s at the club right now
    (assuming Gabriel has signed etc etc )

    1 Saliba
    2 Gabriel
    3 Mari
    4 Luiz
    5 Mustafi
    6 CC
    7 Holding
    8 Pro Wrestler

    Given how the fixtures are again going to pile up with us in the UEL, both domestic dups and the Premier league, I can only see 2-3 of these going and i see it being first served first gone.
    If last nights game is anything to go by as well, we may start the season with a back 3 until one of either Partey, Diawara or Soumaré join, even then it may take some to time to re-jig the formation depending on how long we have to wait through this window to get our business done and dusted.

    Yes we need money to fund these buys or some swap deals could be done if the clubs agree. Personally my priority would be ( in order ) to be sold:

    Sokratis
    Holding
    CC
    Mustafi

    Sok and Holding INHO have got to go first, Holding has never developed, he can’t play out from the back, he is, to me the most ”old school” defender we have, and there isnt a place in the Arsenal team for that kind of defender anymore.
    There is no need to talk about the wrestler so i wont.
    CC is versatille and can play in 3 positions, CB, RB and DM, but is injured alot and hasnt really been able to progress, its a shame because i like him as a player, he was in good form before his injury.
    Mustafi was our standout defender by a country mile and unless a decent offer comes in should be kept at least till January, he only has a year left on his contract so let him play for a new one or a new club

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      I laughed when I saw #8. I always call him grabby hands!

      I have to agree with your list of four, Mustafi can have some stinkers but he has been pretty good most of the time.

      I would like to see one more come in, but we need the midfield help more I think (and CC can cover there in a pinch if healthy…)

  2. Sean says:

    I agree Holding, Chambers and Sokratis can leave and all 3 have interest from championship clubs for the 1st 2 and Germany for Papa. Kolasnic also a target for Shalke and Roma.

    I’d keep Mustafi as he was getting better and experienced enough to help the younger lads along with Mari & Luiz. The future is Saliba & Gabriel at CB. At least until January as hes injured and has only a year left on his deal.

    Glad we rejected the AMN bid from Wolves. Really hope we keep him, the rest above can pay for Gabriel’s fee plus we still have Torreira & Gunedouzi to be sold to bring in a CDM.

    Stan the miserable ul git can at least buy us an attacking player. Look at what Chelsea are doing for gods sake we are asking for One big signing.

    1. Val says:

      Chelsea have 2 seasons worth of transfers in 1 window due to the ban and they had UCL last and this upcoming season.
      You really can’t compare our transfer dealings to theirs mate

      1. RSH says:

        Plus they were sitting on Hazard money. Isn’t Iwobi or Ox our record transfer?

        1. Lenohappy says:

          RSH plus the morata money which is around 56million.

    2. Stewart Macintosh says:

      agree, think we will miss AMN…

  3. Declan says:

    Sheesh! Didn’t he cost us £18 million from Southampton ?

  4. jon fox says:

    Leeds being called the Peacocks then! That is a while ago since I heard that used for them.

    I remember when I started supporting football, (back in Roman times or near enough!) when Chelski were known as The Pensioners and WBA were called The Throstles. Despite false rumours, I am not related to Jacob Rees- Mogg, aka the MP for the eighteenth century!

    I also remenber the Spuds Double team of 1961(BCobviously, not AD!!) when Spuds fans sang Glory, Glory, Hallelujah and in those days I used to watch us one Saturday, Spuds the next (when we played away) before hooligans came along and I’d go to games with my Spuds mates and openly sing the second line of that song which ran thus: Glory Glory Hallelujah, Tottenham Hotspur b….cks to ya”. Then one day I GREW UP. I WILL ALWAYS REGRET THAT DAY!

    Even now, in my dotage, I can easily remember a whole host of anti Spuds , Chelski, Man Ure lyrics that I wrote, sang,(mostly around the house when Mum was out and to which Dad just smiled, while pretending to be cross with me) but which for reasons of lack of taste have never been published. SHAME REALLY! Perhaps I have NOT grown up after all!

    1. Taiwo4321 says:

      Jon Fox, I read this 👆 with intent interest. I think I will still read a few more times.

      I hardly comment here but surely read most long thread comments on virtually all articles. I normally look forward to reading from a few regular commenters on subject matters and yours is one of them.

      I may not always agree with your opinion about discourse but the love for Arsenal and objectivity cannot be said to be lacking from your submissions put forward here.

      It’s a big blessing having you and other old gooners here. We value you, keep the faith and keep the flag flying.

      Respect – Jon “The Fox”. 🤗💥💪

    2. Grandad says:

      I have to admire your optimism for the SP of some of the players you have listed Matthew, notably Elneny and Mik.

  5. ABDULRHAMAN says:

    STRONGLY AGREED

  6. Reggie says:

    Chambers, impressed when on loan at Middlesbrough, impressed when on loan at Fulham ( if im not wrong voted their player of the season ) and we are giving a young lad away who is very good for 12 mil. No wonder our value and standing in world football are dropping like a stone with Lead on it.

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Reggie this is why the likes of ozil and bellerin are still with us, because most fans are average of change, CC is a good player not a great one, and he has proven he can’t stay fit, we will be lucky to even get 12million for him.

  7. jon fox says:

    Chambers has amply proven over quite a longtime now that he simply cannot remain fit . That being the case, there is no point in keeping him. Nor any other player in that situation and had Wenger learned THAT lesson instead of keeping long term never fit players around, we would be in far less of a mess now than we are.

    I am convinced that MA already knows the truth of what I write and will never repeat injury keeping mistakes made in our past.

    1. Reggie says:

      Cant disagree with the fitness issue jon but he was fit for the three months at Middlesbrough and played most of the season at Fulham. Its with Arsenal he recently has had issues.

    2. Val says:

      if Wenger had that approach then we would never have seen RVP at his best, yes i know he moved to Manure but the fact remains the same

  8. RSH says:

    How is a 25 yr old English defender just 12mill? Arsenal cannot accept that amount. Accepting low bids like this devalues our players in the future. It is why they continuously go for low amounts. Arsenal need to hold firm on some of these transfers and tell these clubs to cough up the money. Glad to hear that we rejected a 20mill bid for AMN. He is worth more than that!

    1. Matthew Shannon says:

      Chambers injury history brings his value down greatly.

      1. RSH says:

        12mill is still peanuts though. It doesn’t bring his value down to that much.

  9. Matthew Shannon says:

    Sokratis first out the door quickly followed by holding, chambers. Then in midfield Elneny, Mikhitarian, Torriera and Guendouzi then Lacazette. These transfers seem easily done as there are interest in them. We won’t clean house in one window but we can start with this lot. We want Partey and Aouar which will cost 45 and 60 million each reportedly.
    Sokratis-8, chambers-12, holding-15, Torriera-25-27, Elneny-12-14, Mikhitarian-18-20, Guendouzi-28-30 and Lacazette-35. That gets us the money for two big key signings then I’d try and loan Ceballos with the option to buy him next year when we have more money and bring in Medley, Bulo and Smith Rowe to fill squad spots.

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