Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association with breaching agents’ regulations over the 16m transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton last summer.
The club said it acted in good faith after the governing body opened an investigation into the deal at the beginning of the year but there appears to be an issue relating to which agent held the mandate to represent Chambers.
There is the suggestion that Arsenal might have liaised with an individual whom they thought was the correct person to close the transfer only for that assessment to prove erroneous. It is an embarrassment for the club and the FA has taken a dim view of its actions, hence the decision to bring about a charge. Arsenal have requested extra time to respond and they will do so on or before 26 June. If they are found guilty of wrongdoing by a commission, they could face a fine.
“We have acted in good faith throughout with regard to this transfer,” an Arsenal spokesman said. “We are considering our position and will make appropriate representations to the FA.”
Chambers switched his representation to Doyen Global at the end of last month. Previously he had been on the books of Cassius Sports Management, whose head of talent identification is Chambers’ stepfather, Steve Moss, and whose authorised agent, Alan Middleton, is a licensed lawyer.
Middleton has also been charged by the FA for a breach of the regulations relating to the transfer and he has until 17 June to respond. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on Chambers’ part.
Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has previously gone on the record about the controversy. “I am very happy about this transfer,” he said. “I made over 350 transfers since I am here. We have a lot of inquiries about them and we never had any problem.”