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Transfer news: Arsenal set to sign Southampton defender Calum Chambers for £16m fee

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

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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  • Transfer news: Arsenal set to sign Southampton defender Calum Chambers for £16m fee


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

  • Rumours in the Press: United back in for Di Maria


  • Man United remain keen on Angel Di Maria, Liverpool have made a bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, while Barcelona are to move for Thomas Vermaelen.

  • Premier League: Southampton beat Bournemouth 1-0 in pre-season friendly


  • Southampton's positive pre-season preparations continued with a 1-0 victory over south-coast neighbours Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium.

  • Jose Mourinho claims Luke Shaw's wage demands would have 'killed' Chelsea


  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the club pulled out of the race to sign Manchester United new boy Luke Shaw because of his excessive wage demands.

  • Transfer news: Southampton defender Dejan Lovren to undergo Liverpool medical


  • Southampton defender Dejan Lovren will undergo a medical with Liverpool over the weekend, according to Sky Sports sources.

  • Transfer news: Southampton hand Harrison Reed new four-year contract


  • Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has committed his future to the club after signing a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: WBA eye Gamboa


  • Costa Rica World Cup star Cristian Gamboa looks set for West Brom, while Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer is linked with a move to Sevilla.

  • Rumours in the Press: Duo battle for Utd striker


  • Atletico Madrid have joined Inter Milan in the race to sign £15m-rated Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez and Arsenal want Iker Casillas.

  • Transfer news: Southampton ready to make new offer for Celtic keeper Fraser Forster


  • Southampton are preparing to make an increased offer for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, according to Sky sources.

  • Can, Tadic, De Jong and co. can impress


  • WhoScored's Martin Laurence assesses summer signings Emre Can, Dusan Tadic, Siem de Jong, Mame Biram Diouf, Bafetimbi Gomis and Diego Poyet.

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