With Arsenal due to sign Shkodran Mustafi for somewhere north of £35m in the next day or so, young defender Calum Chambers will be allowed to leave on loan.
The 21-year-old started, and scored in, Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Liverpool earlier this month, but lost his place to the returning Laurent Koscielny in last week’s 0-0 draw against Leicester.
The arrival of Mustafi to compete with Koscielny, Per Mertesacker (when he recovers), Gabriel Paulista and new signing Rob Holding means that first team opportunities for Chambers at the Emirates will be limited this season.
To that end, manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to send Chambers, who has made 59 appearances in an injury-hit two years since arriving in a £16m deal from Southampton, out on loan in order to gain further first team experience.
According to the Mirror this morning, Chambers is not short of suitors. Should he decide to remain the Premier League, Hull and Middlesbrough are interested in taking him for the year.
Aitor Karanka has signed defenders Alex Baptiste and Antonio Barragan in the summer but would still like to have a player of Chambers’ calibre on board at the Riverside, while Hull just badly need to sign players to pad out what has become a threadbare squad.
West Ham have also made an enquiry but would prefer to play Chambers at right back as competition for Sam Byram and Michail Antonio (which Arsenal are not interested in as they want him in the centre), while Stoke City are also reportedly keen if they fail to sign Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.
If he wants to drop down a division, Derby County have, as per the report, broached the idea of Chambers playing a role in their Championship promotion push.
However, Chambers is also a wanted man in Europe. The report goes on to state that Serie A side Roma and La Liga outfit Valencia are among the clubs across the continent chasing the versatile youngster.
He is likely to decide on his future within the next couple of days, before leaving the Emirates temporarily ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.