By Derek Smithson
Arsenal have received a bid from Crystal Palace for defender Calum Chambers, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Palace have submitted an offer of around £16million for the 22-year-old.
It is understood they are open to offers for the England Under-21 international, who originally cost the Gunners £16million from Southampton back in 2014.
The report details that the north London club have had questions about Chambers’ pace and physical presence which has seen him fail to cement a position at the Emirates Stadium.
Chambers spent last season out on loan at Middlesbrough where he impressed despite their relegation to the Championship.
The versatile defender has emerged as a centre-back recently, but can also play at right-back.
He will be fighting for a spot in Arsenal’s three-man defence if he stays for the new season, but the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Gabriel are also in contention.
Chambers has failed to consolidate his spot in Arsene Wenger’s team since his arrival and Palace clearly feel that he can improve their side next season.
Football Insider verdict:
Chambers is recognised as a talented young player at Arsenal, but it’s unlikely that he will be able to force his way into the starting XI for the upcoming campaign. The Gunners should seriously consider accepting the £16million fee for the defender, or alternatively look for another loan move if they believe he can become a starter in the future. He has proven that he can play an important role in the Gunners squad, but he needs regular action if he is to fulfil his potential. Chambers showed his class this summer with England at Under-21s Championship and the £16million sum is a reflection of the bright future he has ahead of him. Palace could be the perfect switch for Chambers as it would allow him to develop.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Ian Wright believes they should sell Theo Walcott for £30million.