By Aramide Oladipo
Crystal Palace have agreed a fee to sign Arsenal defender Calum Chambers this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the South London club have reached an agreement with the Gunners this week to sign the 22-year-old for around £20million including add-ons.
However, the newspaper claims that the deal might not be finalised as new Palace boss Frank de Boer is interested in signing Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan this summer.
The report claims that the Palace boss will drop his interest in the Chambers deal if he is able to land the 19-year-old ahead of the new season.
De Boer is reportedly determined to find a right-sided defender as he looks to deploy a 3-4-3 formation at Selhurst Park next season and he believes that the Dutchman is the perfect candidate for the job.
Palace will face some stern opposition as fellow Premier League side Watford are also reportedly in the hunt to sign the youngster this summer.
It is said that United boss Jose Mourinho wants the defender to gain more experience next season and de Boer is hopeful that he can convince the Portuguese to loan him to Palace as he coached the youngster during his spell at Ajax .
Fosu-Mensah’s current contract at Old Trafford runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
Palace must surely try and seal the Chambers deal instead of waiting to see whether Manchester United will loan out Fosu-Mensah this summer. Chambers already proved that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League following his impressive loan spell with Middlesborough last season. The youngster also showed his quality in the Under-21 European Championships this summer as he helped England reach the semi-final stage. Selling the defender for around £20million would be a great piece of business for the Gunners as it could help them raise funds in order to pursue other summer targets before the start of the new campaign.
In other Arsenal news, Ligue 1 champions Monaco are ready to splash the cash in order to land this Gunners forward.