Crystal Palace have been advised to revive their interest in Arsenal defender Calum Chambers this summer by former Premier League striker Marcus Bent.
The Eagles have been linked with the versatile 26-year-old in recent weeks as Patrick Vieira looks to overhaul his first team squad, while a recent report in The Express has claimed that Chambers is one of several Arsenal fringe players up for sale this summer.
Palace have already bolstered their ranks with several impressive acquisitions, but Bent believes that securing the Englishman’s signature would be another great addition for the south London club.
In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, the former Everton ace said: “Calum Chambers is a good player, whether Crystal Palace can get him, they have to look at that, but he would be an amazing signing.”
With the departures of Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sahko, Scott Dann, Nathaniel Clyne and Patrick van Aanholt leaving Palace’s backline looking rather threadbare, bringing in someone as versatile as Chambers could solve multiple issues at once.
The Southampton academy graduate is comfortable playing either at centre-back or right-back and has even played a large portion of his career as a defensive midfielder, so he could offer cover and competition in various positions.
With 149 Premier League appearances to his name, Chambers has a good amount of top-flight experience under his belt, but after making just eight league starts last term, it’s perhaps time for him to leave the Emirates Stadium in search of regular game-time.
The report in The Express states that Arsenal are set to demand a £10m fee for the defensive beast this summer, but with his contract set to expire in a year’s time, Palace could secure themselves a bargain deal.
His potential arrival may not cause as much excitement amongst the fanbase as the likes of Joachim Andersen and Michael Olise, but Vieira must still revive Palace’s interest in Chambers ahead of the upcoming campaign.
He would be a pragmatic and practical signing, one who could help to plug several gaps in the first team setup and help steer the south London outfit to a solid Premier League finish next term.