Arsenal transfer news: Two bids rejected for £27m defender

By on August 31, 2017


According to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal rejected two bids from Leicester City for Calum Chambers last night.

Chambers has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular at the Emirates since joining the club from Southampton three years ago.

The 22-year-old spent last season out on loan at Middlesbrough where he made 26 appearances and was expected to be sold on a permanent basis this summer.

Ornstein claims Arsenal told Chambers at the end of last season that he was free to find a new club as he wasn’t guaranteed playing time under Arsene Wenger with the club looking to sell at £27m amid interest from Crystal Palace.

The Eagles refused to meet our asking price and in true Wenger style the manager changed his mind a month ago and decided to keep hold of Chambers with Gabriel the centre-back allowed to leave.

It looks like Leicester tested our resolve to keep hold of Chambers as Ornstein claims the Foxes have tabled two bids, the highest worth £20m, but Arsenal have knocked them back.

The BBC reporter tweeted:

“#LCFC had 2 bids ~£20m for Calum Chambers rejected by #AFC last night. Earlier in window #CPFC keen but quoted £27m & said no.”

“Chambers told by #AFC end of last season no guaranteed place, door open, offers welcome. A month ago all change – Wenger wanted to keep him.”

We’ll have to wait and see whether Leicester come back in with a third offer but we’d need to leave ourselves enough time to buy a replacement if we do agreed to sell the England U21 international.

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