We reported yesterday that Crystal Palace are closing in on a deal for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi. It appears that manager Frank de Boer is determined to strengthen his defense as reports from the Telegraph claim that the Eagles have tabled a £16m offer for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.
Chambers impressed during his loan spell at Middlesborough last season however with the club failing to thwart relegation, the Englishman couldn’t secure a permanent switch away from Arsenal, where he is deemed surplus to requirements. It seems Chambers has fallen down the pecking order with Arsene Wenger preferring Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista. Chambers though started ahead of Rob Holding for the England side that reached the last four of the European U21 Championship earlier in the summer.
Chambers’ Arsenal career though has been disappointing. After a bright start, displaying his versatility, he soon started fading, lacking the confidence required to play top flight football in the Premier League. With an exodus on the cards at the Gunners this summer, Palace’s bid might be accepted by the Emirates’ side in the coming days.
There is no doubt that Palace are keen to bring in reinforcements for their back four after the club had a forgettable outing last campaign, conceding 63 goals in 38 games, 13 more than their total goals scored. Chambers would definitely be a welcome addition for De Boar bringing his ability to play across the defense and in holding midfield is needed.
Palace also acquired the signature of Jairo Riedewald from Ajax for £7.9m, a player with whom De Boar worked at the Dutch club earlier in his managerial stint in the Netherlands.