The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Mark Hughes can stamp his authority on the club with a handful of quality signings, and recent reports suggest that the path could be clear for him to target a former Saint.
According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, Arsenal are set to complete a triple signing for Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as Unai Emery looks to instigate a significant overhaul in personnel at the Emirates Stadium. The latter is being signed from Borussia Dortmund for a fee worth £16 million according to the report in a bid to bolster Arsenal’s defensive options.
The arrival of the imposing Greek international will certainly see him slot into Arsenal’s starting line-up next season, and that factor could leave Southampton’s former academy product Calum Chambers surplus to requirements. Injury and strong competition for places restricted Chambers to just 10 Premier League starts last season, but there’s no doubt he will be looking for further exposure to first-team football in the future.
Whether Emery has big plans for Chambers or not remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely that the 23-year-old will be expected to play a key role and, with that being said, Mark Hughes should do everything in his power to secure a deal for his services either permanently or on loan. The versatile defender who is a centre-back by trade is more than capable of slotting in at right-back or in defensive midfield, and his ability to play in multiple positions should appeal to Hughes this summer.
Although he is lacking a touch of experience at the top level, there’s no doubt that Chambers possesses the defensive intelligence, physique and attitude to become a solid Premier League defender with the right guidance. At this stage in his career Chambers will be seeking regular first-team football to enhance his development and he should have no problem working his way into Hughes’ plans at Southampton as a centre-back.
Considering Chambers is familiar with Southampton after coming through their youth academy, he should be easily persuaded to make a return to the south-coast, so Hughes must keep a close eye on Papastathopoulos’ developments and make a bid for Chambers services if Dortmund’s defender eventually moves to Arsenal.
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