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Chambers deal could trigger Arsenal move for cut-price centre-back

Arsenal are reportedly waiting for Calum Chambers’ loan move to Fulham to be sealed before making a move to sign a centre-back replacement. Turkish sports paper Fanatik report that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hoping to replace Chambers with Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida. Vida is expected to leave the Besiktas this summer, according to the source and Croatia defender Vida, who has been linked with West Ham and Liverpool.

Fulham are closing in on the signing of Chambers on a season-long loan deal, according to numerous sources. Fanatik also claim Arsenal’s Vida transfer could go through for just £17.9million which is considerably lower than the figures being quoted recently. Last month West Ham were reported to have had a first bid of €25million rejected by the Turkish side, while Monaco were understood to have had their own bid of €30million turned down.

A Spor recently said that Vida ‘has signed’ a two-year deal at Liverpool in principle while the Reds have an option of a third year – but the Merseysiders still had to agree a fee for the player. Meanwhile, Vida’s agent confirmed that the Premier League clubs aren’t the only sides interested in his client’s signature. “It is normal for there to be interest what is important is that the offers satisfy Besiktas and then Vida,” said Ugur Avadan.

“Liverpool and Everton are huge clubs that have made offers. “Barcelona scouted Vida and had him on their shortlist but I do not see a move there happening. “Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also interested from Spain.”

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