Arsenal to offload £16m player in the next week - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal are ready to make Calum Chambers available on loan in the final week of the transfer window, according to a report.
The Mail claim the England Under-21 international will be allowed to leave Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis but will not be sold in a permanent deal.
It is said that manager Arsene Wenger has decided Chambers needs regular game time and the best solution is a new club for the 2016-17 season.
This comes at a time when Arsenal are deprived through injury of two senior centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel for the opening months of the campaign, and have experienced considerable frustration in their bid to sign an A-list specialist for that position.
Chambers started the first game of the season against Liverpool and scored in the 4-3 but was exposed by some exhilarating attacking play from the visitors either side of half-time.
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Notably, Wenger preferred summer signing Rob Holding to play alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of his defence in last weekend’s goal-less draw against Leicester.
The Mail report Chambers, 21, is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs with West Bromwich Albion, Hull, Stoke and Sunderland among the sides interested.
A number of Championship and overseas clubs are also monitoring his situation and Chambers, it is understood, is willing to move abroad.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal would reject an offer close to the £16million they paid Southampton for Chambers in 2014.
Chelsea and Liverpool have both shown a concrete interest in Chambers in recent years and could be tempted into reviving their interest.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club have been hit by a bombshell that one of their experienced players wants to join a London rival.