Arsenal have confirmed the signing of defender Calum Chambers from Southampton.
The versatile defender, 19, joins for an up front fee of around £11m and is believed to have signed a five-year deal with the club. Add ons could see the price rise by another £5 million which given Chambers has only 18 Premier League games to his name is not an insignificant amount.
Initially it looks as though the England under-19 international will provide competition to fellow new boy Mathieu Debuchy on the right-hand side although Arsene Wenger has already hinted he could be deployed as a centre-back or even in midfield.
Speaking to the official site, the manager said of his latest acquisition, “We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us. The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality.
“He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us.”
Following in the footsteps of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who both swapped the Saints for N5, Chambers said of his move, “I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.”
Chambers takes the number 21 shirt and becomes the fourth signing of a busy summer, following the purchases of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and keeper David Ospina.