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According to a report from Sky Sports, Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has agreed a move to Crystal Palace but the deal is “hanging in the balance” due to negotiations with his agent.
Palace manager Sam Allardyce is trying to strengthen his squad and has already secured the signature of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester for £12m last week but he remains interested in signing more players to reinforce his squad.
However, a deal between the Premier League club and the ace’s agent seem to have hit a stumbling block, Allardyce said:
“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.”
However, the truth behind this report remains to be seen but it’s looking likely Arsenal fan Jenkinson is off to pastures new and has played his last game for his favourite team.
It’s also thought that Per Mertesacker is about to sign a new one year deal to remain at The Emirates despite being injured all season, watch this space.