By Matt Farr
A Sky Sports journalist has revealed the details behind Carl Jenkinson’s failed move from Arsenal to Crystal Palace earlier this month.
The 24-year-old was in talks over a permanent switch to Selhurst Park after falling out-of-favour at Arsenal. The defender has managed just five first-team appearances this season, but has slipped behind both Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Paulista in the pecking order at right-back.
However, the deal fell through after the club could not agree personal terms with the Arsenal outcast, although the exact details were unclear.
But Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the move had stalled because Jenkinson was set to earn an astonishing £21,000-per-week less than new Palace signing Jeffrey Schlupp.
Sam Allardyce landed the Leicester winger for a reported £12million, with Schlupp set to earn an incredible £56,000-per-week.
However, Jenkinson was believed to have been offered a mere £35,000-per-week, and was unwilling to sign for the club unless he was offered similar to the Ghana international.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains willing to let Jenkinson leave this month, but time is fast running out for him to find a new club before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday night.
Football Insider verdict
In all fairness, Jenkinson had a right to pull out of discussions. Though you could say that Schlupp was earning too much, there was no clear reason why the Arsenal defender was deserving of as much as £21,000 less than the Leicester man. Jenkinson would have been an important player under Allardyce, and a regular feature of his Crystal Palace back-line; therefore would have been deserving of a contract that warranted a ‘key player’ status. As is stands, Jenkinson may end up staying at the Emirates until the end of the season, as no other side has yet entered talks with the player regarding a fresh move. Unless Arsenal lose several of their defenders to injury in the coming weeks, Jenkinson will not be playing much first-team football at all between now and the end of the season, so he simply has to find a way out before 11pm on Tuesday.
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