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Cardiff City want to sign long-term target Calum Chambers from Aston Villa

Cardiff City want to sign long-term target Calum Chambers from Aston Villa

Highlights

  • Cardiff City are close to signing Calum Chambers from Aston Villa, subject to medical completion.
  • Chambers brings experience from almost 200 appearances in the Premier League.
  • Chamber was a long-term target for Cardiff; Chris Willock is also said to be coming from QPR.



Cardiff City are close to completing the signing of Aston Villa defender Calum Chambers.

According to a recent update from WalesOnline’s Cardiff City correspondent Glen Williams, the Bluebirds are close to signing the out-of-favour Villa player permanently.

Cardiff are looking for additional options in defence after Nat Phillips returned to Liverpool following a successful loan spell in the second half of last season. The Reds value Phillips at just under £8m, putting Cardiff off a potential transfer for the centre-back.


Cardiff City want to sign Calum Chambers from Aston Villa

Although negotiations have progressed quickly in recent days, Chambers has reportedly been a long-time transfer target for Cardiff and, with the two clubs reaching an agreement, a medical is now set to take place.


Calum Chambers

Cardiff are said to value Chambers’ versatility, with the three-time England international able to play as a right-back or in defensive midfield in addition to his primary position in central defence.

It is not yet known whether Cardiff will pay a fee for Chambers, who has slipped down the ranks at Villa Park and whose current contract expires next year. Independent reports suggest Villa are constantly trying to remove Chambers’ salary from the equation to free up their budget for other targets.

Cardiff are set to make two summer signings in quick succession, with promising winger Chris Willock also set to sign for the club shortly after failing to agree a new contract with Championship rivals QPR.


Aston Villa’s Calum Chambers is an outstanding new signing for Cardiff City

Chambers may not be the most glamorous signing, but there’s a reason the 29-year-old has spent his entire career in the Premier League.

After initially rising through the ranks at Southampton, Chambers signed for Arsenal in 2014 and made over 100 appearances in eight years in north London, while also spending time on loan at Middlesbrough and Fulham. Chambers has made almost 200 top-flight appearances in total, which, combined with his few appearances for the senior England team, represents an outstanding performance in the Championship.

Callum Chambers’ career statistics in all competitions, according to FotMob

season

Association

division

Appearances

Season 2012/13

Southampton

Premier League

1

Season 2013/14

Southampton

Premier League

24

Season 2014/15

arsenal

Premier League

36

Season 2015/16

arsenal

Premier League

22

Season 2016/17

Arsenal, Middlesbrough (loan)

Premier League

27

Season 2017/18

arsenal

Premier League

24

Season 2018/19

Fulham (loan)

Premier League

33

Season 2019/20

arsenal

Premier League

18

Season 2020/21

arsenal

Premier League

16

Season 2021/22

Arsenal and Aston Villa

Premier League

16

Season 2022/23

Aston Villa

Premier League

19

Season 2023/24

Aston Villa

Premier League

8th


As well as the know-how valued in the highest echelons of English football, Chambers also has the composed ball-playing qualities that suit the way Erol Bulut’s side want to play next season. Cardiff had already looked to build play from the back in the 2023/24 season, although Chambers is more secure in possession than any of the team’s current defenders and is likely to raise standards accordingly.

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There are of course question marks as Chambers has not played much football in recent years, but Cardiff will be hoping that his pre-season plan can help him get back to full fitness ahead of next season. Cardiff have home games against KV Kortrijk and Penybont in the next few days before travelling to Austria to face Hamburg and Hertha Berlin. Upon his return he will face League One opponents in Reading and Bristol Rovers.

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Cardiff begin their Championship season on August 10 with a match against Sunderland where they will look to get the ball rolling and make a possible push towards the play-offs. It has to be said that their early transfer activity is testament to and supports such ambitions and Chambers should play a central role at the heart of their defence if that goal is to be achieved in May.