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Everton considering defensive alternative to Michael Keane

Toffees eye Chambers should deal for Burnley stopper not materialise

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Everton may have already spent in excess of £50m so far this summer but their recruitment shows no signs of slowing down, with defensive reinforcements seemingly next on Ronald Koeman’s shortlist.

Burnley defender Michael Keane remains a prime target, but with competition for the 24-year-old likely to be high, the Toffees are wisely scouting alternatives.

One of those alternatives appears to be Arsenal’s Calum Chambers.

The Daily Mail reports that Everton are showing an interest in Chambers, who will be allowed to leave Arsenal this summer.

How Chambers compares with other Everton targets

The report claims Arsenal value Chambers, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, at £15m.

The 22-year-old is a graduate of Southampton’s famed academy but made just 25 appearances for the club before joining Arsenal in 2014.

Chambers’ primary position is in the centre of defence, but is capable of playing right across the back four. A useful asset to have given the amount of games we are set to play next season.

Should Everton make a move for Chambers then they are likely to face competition from Bournemouth, Newcastle and Redbull Leipzig for his signature.

Comparing the four players’ defensive stats

Most Evertonians will probably prefer the club went for Keane, who enjoyed a fine season at Turf Moor last campaign.

However, the Clarets are reportedly digging their heels and will not let Keane go on the cheap, despite him only having one year left on his deal.

Chambers has certainly shown the potential and versatility to be a viable alternative. But given we are now Moshiri Mersey Millionaires, why can’t we have both?