Despite interest from other clubs, wages could be preventing Carl Jenkinson’s departure from Arsenal ahead of the new season.
The right back is free to leave Arsenal this summer, and there’s no shortage of interested clubs. The Daily Mail lists Swansea and Brighton as interested parties, while the Daily Express claim Serie A side Hellas Verona are also looking to sign him.
So far, though, no progress has been made on any deal. That could be because of Jenkinson’s current wages. According to the Evening Standard, Jenkinson is contracted until 2020 and is earning £45,000 per week.
While this wage shouldn’t be a problem for a Premier League club, the likes of Swansea and Brighton may be reluctant to pay £2.3m-a-year in case they’re relegated next season and end up with a big-salary player in the Championship. His wages would also be beyond what a club like Hellas Verona would be willing to pay.
Jenkinson was close to a move to Crystal Palace last January, but the move fell through. Former Palace manager Sam Allardyce hinted at the time that they were struggling to reach an agreement with Jenkinson due to his wage demands. Arsenal would be having an easier time selling Jenkinson had he been playing regularly somewhere.
Unfortunately, the defender picked up a long-term injury and spent a whole season not playing. Arsenal are now saddled with somebody on big wages and a long contract that they can’t get rid of.