Newcastle United remain keen on a possible move for Arsenal’s Calum Chambers, but only on loan rather than in a permanent deal.
That is according to The Sunday Mirror, who also reported that Arsenal would be willing to sell the 25-year-old for £12 million.
The Magpies’ interest in the player comes in the wake of their pursuit of another Arsenal defender in Rob Holding, who was ultimately persuaded to remain in north London by manager Mikel Arteta.
Calum, who has been capped three times by his country, has racked up 139 appearances in the PL and played 101 times in total for Arsenal.
However, some long-term injuries have impacted on his playing time at the Emirates Stadium, where he has never made more than 17 PL starts in a single season.
Indeed, the defender has been loaned out twice by the club already, although he did win Fulham’s Player of the Season award during his stint at Craven Cottage in 2018/19.
The 25-year-old star has been sidelined since the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury he suffered in his side’s 1-2 defeat to Chelsea nine months ago, and with William Saliba returning from loan and Gabriel Magalhaes purchased over the summer, the competition for centre-back slots has only heightened at the club.
In spite of those setbacks, Chambers has been hailed by his former boss Unai Emery, who has said that “his attitude is amazing”, while Calum is also adept at playing at right-back and in defensive midfield, providing an adaptability which any head coach would surely desire.