Arsene Wenger delivers transfer update on Arsenal defender deal
By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has revealed that defender Carl Jenkinson’s reported £7m switch to Crystal Palace has hit a wall as the player and club are yet to agree on personal terms.
Jenkinson has only featured once in the Premier League this season and will be looking to move away from the club be began his career as game time becomes more limited.
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Ham and made 52 league appearances.
“Only he has to agree personal terms but at the moment he has not managed to do that,” told Wenger to the Express.
Palace manager Sam Allardyce is also hopeful of the deal being completed as last Friday he said: “Until the chairman rings me up and says the Carl Jenkinson deal is dead, it is still ongoing for me.”
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Jenkinson began his career at Charlton at a young age where he made nine first team appearances before signing for Arsenal in 2011 for an undisclosed fee.
He has made a total of 62 appearances for the Gunners and also won the 2014 FA Cup with the club.
The right-back, who has an English father and Finnish mother, played for both England and Finland during his international youth days.
However in 2012, England manager Roy Hodgson called Jenkinson up to the international squad to get his one and only cap against Sweden as he came off the bench to replace Glen Johnson in the 74th minute.
Football Insider Verdict
After a lot of hype about Jenkinson in the early stages of his Arsenal career, there still seems to be a lot of potential to reach for the 24-year-old. He had two very solid seasons at West Ham and helped them to finish 7th last season, despite missing a good chunk of the season through injury. He would definitely do a job for Crystal Palace and would easily be their best right-back option, while at Arsenal he seems to be very far away from first team football. A deal would be good for all parties as the Gunners make a decent profit on him, Jenkinson gets playing time and Palace get to strengthen a struggling squad.
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