Arsenal on the verge of signing Calum Chambers from Southampton

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As Dejan Lovren inches toward Anfield, another Southampton player is making his way toward the door, with 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers about to add his name to the list of Saints who’ve left St. Mary’s this summer. Following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Chambers is the subject of a bid north of $24 million from Arsenal, with the England youth-level right back having undergone a medical with the Gunners on Friday.

Chambers made 22 league appearances for Pochettino last year, starting 18 times as Southampton surged to eighth in the Premier League. Having featured prominently at youth levels for England, Chambers is expected to break into the Three Lions set up soon, though it’s unclear whether his long-term future will be at right back or in the middle. Regardless, the 19-year-old is a player who’s destined to move away from Southampton, be it this summer or in the future.

Arsenal’s elected to jump to the front of the line, tabling a bid that will be difficult to turn down. In North London, Chambers would provide depth wide or in the middle, with the newly acquired Mathieu Debuchy expected to replace the departed Bacary Sagna to the right of Per Mertsacker and Laurent Koscielny. According to The Telegraph, incumbent right back Carl Jenkinson could move if the Chambers deal is completed, with West Ham reportedly interested.

From the BBC’s David Ornstein, with similar reports appearing at other English outlets:

From Southampton’s point of view, an eight-figure fee is hard to ignore in the face of the player’s inexperience, and while Saints are reportedly eager to halt their players’ exodus, the sale represents good value for a slightly unproven right back. While supporters surely want to see some of their stars stay at St. Mary’s, Chambers is not going to be a make-or-break player this season. If Saints are going to cash in on him eventually, why not now, especially when they can put that money back into the squad?

Regardless, you have to pity Ronald Koeman, whose success coaching Feyenoord earned the former Ajax and Barcelona star a shot in England. But upon his arrival on the south coast, he’s seen the team’s sale prolonged. Three weeks before the season starts, the new boss may be wondering who’ll still be around when his squad travels to Anfield on Aug. 17.

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.