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Arsenal close to Chambers deal

Arsenal are close to signing Southampton defender Calum Chambers for £16m, according to Sky sources.

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Calum Chambers: Transfer target for Arsenal

Calum Chambers: Transfer target for Arsenal

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The England U21 international has already had a medical and is set to become Arsenal's second new right-back of the summer following the signing of Mathieu Debuchy.

Chambers can also play at centre-half, where Arsene Wenger is looking to add depth following the departure of the versatile Bacary Sagna and ongoing Manchester United interest in Thomas Vermaelen.

And if the deal goes through the 19-year-old will become the latest first-team player to leave Southampton this summer.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have all followed manager Mauricio Pochettino out of the club, while Dejan Lovren is expected to finalise a move to Liverpool imminently.

Speaking after his side's friendly win over Bournemouth, new Saints boss Ronald Koeman told Sky Sports News: "Lovren said he is not in shape to play, but of course there is something underhand. We have to wait.

"I expect everything. I know the possibilities of some of the biggest clubs in England and Southampton had a great season. it's normal they could lose some players."

Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move to Pochettino's Tottenham, and Koeman said: "He will start training on Saturday and then we have time enough to have a little talk."

As for new arrivals, Koeman again confirmed an interest in Aston Villa centre-half Ron Vlaar and said work was continuing behind the scenes on transfers.

Celtic's England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also been linked, but Koeman said: "I don't say anything about names."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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