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Southampton are interested in signing Calum Chambers, according to reports.
The Saints are looking to sign a centre back as speculations continue to link Virgil Van Dijk with a move away from the St Mary’s.
According to The Daily Cannon, Southampton want to sign Chambers as a replacement for Van Dijk who could complete a £70m move to either Chelsea or Liverpool later this summer.
It is believed that the Saints are prepared to spend in excess of the £16m we paid for the defender three years ago.
Chambers spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and impressed on several occasions, which has prompted Southampton to be willing to spend up to £20m to sign their former defender back.
Although, Arsenal would prefer he spends another season out on loan, it is believed Wenger won’t block a permanent transfer should we receive a lucrative bid for his services.
Newcastle, Everton and Bournemouth are also expected to make their moves as the transfer window progresses.
Chambers still has three years left in his contract at Arsenal which means we are in a strong position to demand as much as we can from the Saints during negotiations.
The defender is currently on international duty with the England U21 squad at the ongoing UEFA U21 championship.
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