Despite not having a manager as things stand, Crystal Palace are being linked with moves for a host of players already. The link below explains how we may end up with Arsenal man Calum Chambers on our books before long.
Whilst I doubt we’ll go around splashing too much cash prior to installing a new man in the dugout, there is certainly no harm in having a few irons in the fire ready and waiting to go as soon as the new manager is announced. I dare say a lot of the initial groundwork can be done on deals such as this one without being forced to pull the trigger too hastily.
It has become apparent that no one outside of the club has any real steer over when the board intend to make an announcement regarding the new boss, with rumours of the short-list having been whittled down to Pellegrino, Dyche, De Boer and Ranieri seemingly all anyone has had to go on for the last few days.
Of course, from Chambers’ perspective, it may be far less problematic to commit to a club who already have a manager in place but I dare say that a promise of regular first-team football is all that matters to him as he works to prove himself to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal coaching staff.
You may wonder why Wenger and co. aren’t likely to put Chambers back into their own first-team for the 2017-18 season after a quietly impressive stint on loan with Middlesbrough last term but the piece featured above does a great job of explaining why, in Arsenal’s case specifically, it will make next to no sense for Chambers to stay at The Emirates over the next 12 months; particularly at the pivotal age of 22.
Would you like to see the club make a move for Chambers with or without a manager in place? Or would you rather hold fire and let the new man make all of his own decisions?
Let us know.