Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is set to join Sunderland on a season-long loan this summer after we agreed a £1.5million deal with the Black Cats, the Mirror reports.
Jenkinson spent last season on loan at West Ham and the report stresses that we’re set to extend his contract as Arsene Wenger sees him as a major part of our future.
We have an embarrassment of riches at right-back with Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers all competing for the same position.
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However, with Chambers set for a centre-back role in the future and Debuchy entering the twilight of his career as a full-back, Wenger may envisage a future where Jenkinson and Bellerin are competing for a place in the first XI.
The deal is yet to be done, however, with the Mirror suggesting that West Ham United and Southampton are both in negotiations to take the 23-year-old on loan.
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In a purely geographical sense, one would suspect that West Ham and Southampton may hold an advantage over Sunderland due to Jenkinson’s London ties.
However, in order for those sides to stand a chance they must be willing to match Sunderland’s huge offer.
With no mention of an ‘option to buy’ clause being inserted into the loan deal, we’ve certainly not seen the last of Jenkinson at the Emirates Stadium.