Emirates Stadium spending spree continues.
Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Southampton pair Calum Chambers and Morgan Schneiderlin after agreeing a fee for the duo.
CaughtOffside understands that the north London side will pay a combined fee of £43m for the St Mary’s stars with teenage right-back Chambers having already completed his medical with the north London side.
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The 19 year old full-back has been an Arsene Wenger target for some months and despite having already signed one right-back this summer, Newcastle United’s Mathieu Debuchy, the French boss was ready to land Chambers in a £16m deal with a significant portion of the fee tied into incremental bonuses.
Chambers is a player with a great deal of potential and his arrival is likely to lead to Carl Jenkinson leaving the Emirates Stadium with West Ham and Newcastle United both said to be interested.
Arsenal have also met Southampton’s £27m asking price for holding midfielder Schneiderlin, who is likely to replace veteran Mikel Arteta in Wenger’s first team set-up.
The tough tackling Frenchman had an outstanding campaign last term, leading to a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, and the 24 year old had made it clear on his return from Brazil that he would be seeking a summer move.
Schneiderlin has enjoyed six successful seasons at Southampton, helping the club from League One to the top half of the Premier League, but feels the time is right for a fresh challenge and knows that a high-profile move will further aid his push for a more prominent role in the French national team set-up.
Tottenham were also thought to be keen on signing the Saints star but even though the temptation to follow his former boss Mauricio Pochettino to White Hart Lane may have been great the fact that Spurs do not have Champions League football to offer appears to have brought an end to their chances of signing the former Strasbourg man.
The capture of the Southampton stars is likely to bring an end to Wenger’s summer spending with the Arsenal manager keen to bring in new additions as early as possible so as to not upset the club’s pre-season activity.
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