Arsenal are reportedly targetting Domagoj Vida after sanctioning a season long loan move to Fulham for Calum Chambers.
The Croatian international impressed at the World Cup, but it would mean the club splashing out somewhere in the region of €25m for a 29 year old.
Having already spent £16.5m bringing in Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, it would be another relatively substantial outlay on a player who would likely have minimal sell-on value.
The Chambers situation is a strange one as he’s a young player with the potential to improve, and he just signed a new deal at the start of July.
At the time Unai Emery said, “I’m delighted Calum has extended his stay with us. He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season.”
Quite what has changed in the meantime is unclear, but the Evening Standard report that Arsenal will have to raise funds in order to buy Vida, and as yet have had little success in trimming the squad.
Although Lucas Perez is being linked with West Ham and Sporting Lisbon, he has expressed a desire to stay. Joel Campbell, David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall are all surplus to requirements but as yet no deals have been done.
The Chambers move only makes sense if there’s someone else coming in, and to decide this close to the start of the new season that we urgently need another centre-half doesn’t augur well.
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