If a report by Skysports is to be believed, Arsenal are close to completing their second transfer deal of the 2017 winter transfer window.
The Gunners have already completed the signing of Cohen Bramall from non-league side Hednesford Town, and now, according to Sky Sports, the Premier League giants are set to announce the transfer of Carl Jenkinson to Crystal Palace on a permanent basis.
According to the report the deal has been agreed between both Jenkinson and Crystal Palace and all that’s left is for the Eagles and Arsenal to agree a transfer fee. It is believed that new Palace manager Sam Allardyce is looking to strengthen his defence and has identified the former-Charlton Athletic youngster as the ideal signing after signing Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City earlier this month.
However, Allardyce has said the deal is hanging in the balance due to negotiations between Palace’s chairman and the player’s agent. The former-Bolton and England manager is quoted as saying;
“I think that’s [down to] negotiations between the chairman and the player’s agent, while we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal, that agreement with the player hasn’t reached a conclusion, so that’s hanging in the balance, as we say.
We’re still searching for players. We’ve exhausted this country, we’re more looking at the European element now, because of the vast cost of the players in this country. They’re a really big price. Someone said to me ‘You spent a lot of money on Schlupp’. It’s not really: it’s very little compared to what everybody else is spending and valuing their players at. He’s actually quite cheap compared to what we’ve been quoted for other players. It’s expensive on where we’ve been before but not expensive in the market. He brings a lot of energy, experience for such a young man. He experienced a Premier League-winning run last year. Can play in three positions – wide left, wing-back or left-back – that could be important in a small squad. He was desperate to come, desperate to leave Leicester even though they’re champions.”