Arsene Wenger says there is a high chance that Carl Jenkinson will leave Arsenal in the coming days with Crystal Palace currently in negotiations to sign the right-back on a permanent basis.
The England international, 24, has made five starts for the Gunners this season as back-up to Hector Bellerin but has looked short of confidence following a ten-month spell on the sidelines recovering from ACL surgery.
A number of clubs are thought to have enquired after the defender in recent weeks. Hull City’s former manager Mike Phelan went public on contact, while West Ham United, where Jenkinson spent two loan spells, are also believed to have made an approach.
“Carl…it’s a possibility that he will move yes. In the next two or three days,” Wenger told his pre-Swansea press conference.
Asked if Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace were the front-runners, the boss added, “You look well informed.”
“It’s possible yes, I cannot tell you much more because we haven’t come to a conclusion yet.”
Despite Jenkinson’s potential departure, Wenger played down suggestions he could look to bring in a replacement during the transfer window.
“No we have still Mathieu Debuchy who is injured, we have Gabriel who plays there at the moment as well. We have Bellerin.
“We are not short in this position which is why we allow one of the players to go out because they have less opportunities to play.”
Having signed a contract extension in 2015, Jenkinson is under contract at Arsenal until 2018 and could command a fee in the region of £3 million. If the deal goes through it’ll be sad to bid farewell to a player with such an affection for the club…and also to his singing dad.