Arsenal are edging closer to their second right-back signing of the season, with Southampton teenager Calum Chambers being parachuted in to follow Mathieu Debuchy’s arrival.
The 19-year-old looks set to become the third Saints academy product to join the Gunners ranks, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already on board at the Emirates.
A fee in the region of £16m is the latest astronomical sum a Premier League rival has agreed to line the south coast club’s pockets with following teammates Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw all disappearing through the St Mary’s exit door earlier this summer.
Chambers’ impending departure has had no impact on the Saints’ 6/1 relegation price this term, but what are Arsenal getting for their money?
Versatility is one attribute he offers the north Londoners; he’s capable of playing at centre-half, as well as right-back, offering emergency cover for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the same way that former incumbent Bacary Sagna used to.
His capability in possession for a defender is one of the things that struck during his maiden top-tier campaign – he averaged a pass completion rate a shade short of 80 per cent in 2013/14.
This is borne out of his schooling as a midfield player, dubbed a particularly ‘talented and creative’ one by his club.
It could also explain his laudable ability to run with the ball at his feet; he averaged 0.8 successful dribbles in his 22 top-flight appearances last term.
Confidence on the ball is something that Arsene Wenger has always cherished in a defender and is an essential facet of the modern full-back, but Chambers has also shown signs of a sterling stopper in his early years.
He averaged two successful tackles per outing last year, in addition to 1.6 interceptions and 3.4 clearances.
These are all the hallmarks of the complete defender and, should Arsenal harvest his assets correctly, £16m will appear relatively cheap in the long run.