Arsene Wenger is ready to send Calum Chambers out on loan next season as he steps up his search for an established centre-back.
According to The Telegraph, Wenger has agreed to sanction a move for £16million signing Chambers in a bid to continue the defender’s progression in the Premier League.
The England international has fallen out of favour in the club’s first-team in recent times, having failed to nail down a position at either right-back, centre-back or defensive midfield.
He endured a frustrating second half to the last campaign and this year he only started games in the FA Cup, playing just over 50 minutes as a substitute in the league.
He has also fallen out of the picture with the England senior squad after an indifferent 12 months, despite being fast-tracked into Roy Hodgson’s plans nearly two years ago.
But with Wenger keen to strengthen his defence this summer with a senior player, he will allow Chambers to go out on loan for the season.
The 21-year-old was part of the England team which won the Toulon Tournament on Sunday and was named as captain for the 1-0 win over Japan.
Southampton, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea and Watford have all scouted the versatile defender with a bid to signing him on loan for at least one season.
Chambers remains highly rated by Wenger, with Arsenal viewing him as a future centre-half despite establishing his reputation as a right-back.
A move away for the time being would do the defender a whole lot of good as there is no way he would start ahead of the likes of Koscielny, Gabriel, Mertesacker and potential new defender Koulibaly