Everton‘s squad strengthening continues unabated with Ronald Koeman looking to add depth to his backline. The Daily Mail reports that while Burnley’s Michael Keane remains his prime target, the Dutchman is ready to turn his attention to Arsenal‘s Calum Chambers as an alternative.
Keane was the subject of interest from former club Manchester United but having signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Jose Mourinho is turning his attention to other areas of the team.
Currently away with England Under-21s at the European Championships in Poland, Chambers has yet to make his mark at the Emirates. Arsène Wenger sent the defender on loan to Middlesbrough last season, where he earned positive reviews for his performances.
Signed from Southampton for a fee which could rise to as much as £20m if all add-on clauses are paid, Chambers has won three England senior caps, as well representing his country at junior levels. He was a member of the successful 2016 Under-20s squad which won the Toulon Tournament for the first time in 22 years.
Koeman needs to plan for the future, with Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka both the wrong side of thirty. Chambers versatility works to Everton’s advantage. As well as central defence, he is comfortable at right back and in the defensive midfield role.
The Everton manager is ready to go to £15m to secure Chambers services but Wenger is a keen admirer of the player and will bea reluctant seller, if he can be tempted into a deal.