Carl Jenkinson could be on his way to Crystal Palace on a permanent basis this summer.
The 25-year-old fullback’s proposed January switch broke down as the two parties couldn’t agree personal terms – but they are believed to be interested in trying once more after the current season is over.
Jenkinson has played more minutes for Arsenal u23s than at senior level this term, having fallen behind both Hector Bellerín and Gabriel in contention for a place at right-back.
He is at the age where he needs to be playing on a weekly basis at competitive level.
During an interview with the Telegraph he said, “You ask any footballer and we just love to play. Getting to January, I knew that I was not going to play so I was certainly open to something new and playing more regularly. I played regularly for two years [at West Ham] and in the main I felt I flourished.
“I think in a number of ways, Palace would have been a good fit,” Jenkinson continued.
Allardyce was said to be an admirer of Jenkinson and given the fact that both Joel Ward and Martin Kelly will be into the final year of their respective contract deals this summer, it’s likely that Jenko would battle it out with them for a regular starting berth.
Lengthy injuries have ultimately stagnated Jenkinson’s development and you cannot fault him for wanting a move given his current situation.
“I had a great year with Big Sam [Allardyce, when at West Ham], played some of the best football of my career and got on very well with him. I’ve got great respect for him as a manager,” Jenks added.
Jenkinson’s pursuit of regular first-team minutes mean that he’s inevitably going to depart the club this summer, barring a surprise senior recall which prompts him to rethink his future.
As a result, Arsenal would be keen to earn somewhere in the region of £7m – the fee which was originally offered by their south London counterparts in January.