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Arsenal confirm $27 million signing of Calum Chambers

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On Monday Arsenal completed their fourth-signing of the summer, as Southampton’s teenage defender Calum Chambers arrived at the Emirates.

The fee for the England youth international is thought to be in the region of $27 million, a rather large sum for a player who has made just 21 Premier League appearances after his debut season for Saints in 2013-14.

[RELATED: Chambers a “gamble”]

Chambers, 19, primarily played right back for Southampton but the England Under-19 captain can also play in central defense or in midfield. Earlier on Monday Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted that signing Chambers is a “gamble” but hoped his faith in the young Englishman would pay off.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website after the transfer was sealed, Wenger spoke about why he moved in for Chambers.

“We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us,” Wenger said. “The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality. He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us.”

Chambers will likely challenge new signing Matheiu Debuchy at right back but you could also see him trying to make his way in central midfield as a holding player. At the age of 19, he has already shown his quality in the English top-flight and with experienced defenders like Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker showing him the ropes, you should bet on Chambers being a future center back for Arsenal.

Twice in the past Wenger has looked to Southampton to sign teenagers, as both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain swapped St. Mary’s for the Emirates. They turned out well, will Chambers follow suit?

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

[ MORE: Klopp unveiled as “the Normal One” ]

In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.


“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.