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Arsenal have signed full-back Calum
Chambers from Southampton for an
undisclosed fee, the London club has
Chambers, 19, continues the exodus of
players from St Mary s after agreeing a
"long-term" contract with the Gunners.
"Calum has a lot of the attributes that
we look for in a young player. I m sure he
will do well with us," Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger told the club s official Web
Chambers, who can also play at centre-
back, accumulated 22 appearances for Saints
last season after making his Premier League
debut on the opening day of the campaign.
"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
The Southampton academy product is
the current captain of the England Under-
19s and has been moved into defence after
starting his career as a midfielder.
"I m so happy to be signing for Arsenal,"
"They are a team I have much admired
for their playing style and a team who have
been one of the top sides in Europe for
"I m looking forward to joining up with
my new team-mates and beginning prepa-
ration for the season ahead.
"I would like to take this opportunity to
say thank you to everyone at Southampton
for everything they have done for me and
for making this move possible."
Chambers transfer fee is thought to be
in the region of £16million and Wenger
hopes he will provide competition in midfield
He will primarily act as right-back cover
for France international Mathieu Debuchy,
a recent arrival from Newcastle, while Carl
Jenkinson is also an alternative in the posi-
However, Arsenal are reportedly hoping
to send Jenkinson out on a season-long loan
with Southampton among his possible des-
The arrival of Chambers continues a rea-
sonably busy summer in the transfer window
at the Emirates Stadium with Debuchy,
David Ospina and Alexis Sanchez having
It is a different story at St Mary s, however,
where a startling player drain means Cham-
bers is the fifth player to depart this summer
and he could be followed out the door by
Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.
ZURICH---Fifa asked the Italian football
federation yesterday to open an investi-
gation into alleged racist comments by
Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for
the presidency of the national body.
Tavecchio said he still has support for his
candidacy, despite what he called his
"improper words," and will remain in the
"Media reports concerning alleged racist
comments by one of the presidential can-
didates for the Italian FA have alerted Fifa s
Task Force against racism and discrimination
and its chairman Jeffrey Webb," world foot-
ball s governing body said in a statement.
"As such, Fifa has written a letter to the
Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate
steps to investigate and decide on this matter
and report to Fifa.
"In the letter, Fifa reminded the Italian
FA that the fight against racism was a top
priority for Fifa."
Tavecchio, who is president of the amateur
leagues in Italy, sparked outrage on Friday
when he discussed the presence of foreign
players in Italy.
Using a hypothetical name, he said, "In
England they select players based on pro-
fessionalism, whereas we say that Opti
Poba is here, he was eating bananas before
and now he s starting for Lazio and that s
Tavecchio is one of the leading candidates
to replace Giancarlo Abete, who resigned
along with national team coach Cesare Pran-
delli immediately after Italy s first-round
elimination from the World Cup last month.
The 71-year-old Tavecchio, who insisted
he still has the support of the Italian leagues,
broke his silence on the matter on Monday
"I have paid a lot of attention to what s
happened over the past few days and to the
positions expressed by the media in relation
to my improper words, which were without
any offensive intent," Tavecchio said. "I have
drawn many lessons that I wanted to share
with the representatives of the bodies which
support my candidacy for president of the
FIGC, receiving from them full confirmation
of their support.
"In these past few days I appreciated the
widespread sensitivity of the public on issues
of racial discrimination and I hope that we
can start from this sensitivity to launch a
widespread program that is finally effective
in fighting against any discrimination in
A number of Serie A clubs have said they
are considering withdrawing their support
for Tavecchio, who previously had the back-
ing of 18 of the top-flight clubs.
The only other candidate in the August
11 election is former AC Milan player and
current federation vice president Demetrio
The vote is considered pivotal for the
future of Italian football, which is rife with
problems such as falling attendance, crum-
bling stadiums, fan violence and racism---
and early eliminations for the national team
at the last two World Cups.
The new president s first job will be to
name a replacement for Prandelli.
MILAN---Serie A champion Juventus will
kick off its bid for a fourth straight title
at Chievo Verona, while last season s run-
ner-up Roma hosts Fiorentina on the open-
The 2014-15 fixtures were announced
yesterday and sees new Juventus coach Mas-
similiano Allegri return to San Siro to face
former club AC Milan in its third match of
Allegri, who replaced Antonio Conte this
month, was fired by Milan in January.
"I am happy for Max because he is a great
coach and he is now in charge of the cham-
pions of Italy," Milan vice president Adriano
Galliani said. "It will be a great game."
It s a difficult start for new Milan manager
Filippo Inzaghi, who is in his first season
as a senior team coach, as Milan also hosts
Lazio on the opening day.
Inter Milan kicks off its season at Torino.
The first Milan derby of the season will take
place in week 12.
Juventus and Roma both face tricky
penultimate matches, with the defending
champion hosting Napoli before ending its
campaign at Hellas Verona. Roma entertains
Palermo on the final day, a week after a
derby match against fierce city rival Lazio.
Last season s top two face each other in
the sixth round of fixtures, at Juventus Sta-
Meanwhile, Serie B champion Palermo
celebrates its return to the top flight with
a home match against Sampdoria, with run-
ner-up Empoli visiting Udinese. Playoff
winner Cesena hosts Parma.
The season starts the weekend of August
31 and ends May 31.
Van Gaal: No rift with Mourinho
Louis van Gaal will not get drawn into any mind-
games with Jose Mourinho this season and he says
he still regards the Chelsea manager as his "friend".
Mourinho controversially claimed earlier this
week that United were paying over the odds for
Luke Shaw, a £27million signing from Southampton
who reportedly now earns in the region of £100,000
Mourinho said had Chelsea paid that kind of
money to the 19-year-old, it would have "killed" the
United boss Van Gaal hinted he would speak pri-
vately to Mourinho about the matter. Many saw
that as a sign the two former colleagues were set
for a rocky relationship this season.
Mourinho, who worked as Van Gaal's assistant at
Barcelona for three years, has a record of trying to
wind up fellow managers.
But Van Gaal is sure he will have a harmonious re-
lationship with the Portuguese this term even
though both he and his former protege are in charge
of teams vying for the title.
"I don't think I will fall out with him. He is my
friend," Van Gaal said of Mourinho.
Juventus keen to keep Vidal
Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta
has reiterated the club's desire to keep hold of Ar-
turo Vidal as long as he is happy in Turin.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with
a move for Chile international Vidal with Louis van
Gaal thought to have made the midfielder one of his
top summer transfer targets.
Vidal is under contract at Juventus until 2017 and
Marotta remains confident the player will stay at
the club as he has not indicated he wants to move
"We recently renewed his contract because we
knew that we could count on an important element,"
Marotta told Sky Italia. "He has not taken any differ-
ent position to what he thought before.
"Transfer gossip is normal on one of the best play-
ers in circulation. We have never activated a plan to
sell the player.
"In football you can never say, but if the player
wants to stay we will be happy to keep him."
Marotta also said he expects Juventus to move
for Verona midfielder Romulo in the next 24 hours.
Everton snaps up Besic
Everton have completed the signing of Ferenc-
varos midfielder Muhamed Besic after the Bosnia
and Herzegovina international finalised a five-year
The 21-year-old travelled to Thailand with the Tof-
fees for their pre-season match against Leicester at
the weekend after an agreement was reached with
the Hungarian side.
Besic officially completed his move after the finer
details of the paperwork were concluded.
"Muhamed is a young footballer who has devel-
oped massively in the last two seasons," manager
Roberto Martinez told evertontv.
Besic, who became his country's youngest senior
international with a debut aged 18, played three
times at the World Cup, with one of those appear-
ances coming against eventual finalists Argentina.
Born in Germany, he began his professional career
at Hamburg before transferring to Ferencvaros in
two years ago.
Redknapp: Remy in top shape
Harry Redknapp was shocked to hear QPR striker
Loic Remy failed a medical with Liverpool and be-
lieves there must be another reason why the trans-
fer broke down.
Remy was set to complete a switch to Anfield
over the weekend but Liverpool called the deal off
due to what are believed to be concerns over the 27-
The France forward encountered problems when
he moved from Nice to Marseilles in 2010. The med-
ical discovered a heart defect but further tests con-
vinced Marseilles to complete the transfer.
Remy spent last season on loan at Newcastle
where he scored 14 goals for the Magpies in the Bar-
clays Premier League.
Arsenal completes Chambers deal
Calum Chambers: Arsene Wenger has put his faith in the youngster
Fifa seeks probe into racist remarks by Italian
Juventus to visit Chievo in Serie A opening round
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