Sky Sports claim that Leicester City have had a £20 million bid for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers rejected. The news comes as the Daily Mail report that the Gunners have in fact placed a £28 million price tag on his head.
Leicester are clearly on the lookout to strengthen their defence, having already added Harry Maguire earlier this summer. He has been a huge success, but with title winning heroes Wes Morgan and Robert Huth both in their mid-thirties, a freshening up of the back four has to be a priority for Craig Shakespeare.
Chambers was impressive for Middlesbrough last season, where he formed part of a side who had one of the best defensive records of a side to be relegated in the history of the Premier League. He was one of few bright sparks for the Riverside outfit.
Now, he could move on away from the Emirates. He has returned to London and took part in pre-season with Arsene Wenger’s side, but has not been involved or even made the bench for the Gunners in the opening few weeks of the Premier League season despite a defensive injury crisis.
As such, his prospects at Arsenal seem slim and at 22-years-old, he is running out of time to convince Wenger that he will have what it takes to be a long term solution. If not, he could pounce on an opportunity to move to a solid and reliable mid-table side like the Foxes. A move to the King Power Stadium could give Chambers the perfect platform to develop with regular first team football.
However, the current asking price is likely to be too high. For a player with barely one season of regular Premier League football, £28 million is a very high price to ask. Unless Leicester have cash to splash, potentially from the sale of Riyad Mahrez, Arsenal may have to lower their expectations.