So how long until this guy is good enough for the first team? Three, four years maybe? [Picture: Getty]
Arsenal are on the lookout for world class stars this summer, but will also be looking to lose a few players as well, to free up space and funds going into the transfer window.
Carl Jenkinson is likely to leave Arsenal on loan again this summer – but not before signing a new long-term contract at The Emirates.
This report is according to ESPN, who claim Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to ship the England U21 international out on loan again, but not before tying him down with a new long term deal.
Sunderland are one of many clubs interested in signing Jenkinson, but many were put off by the fee.
Sunderland agreeing to pay the loan fee doesn’t mean the deal is done and dusted, with the player himself having to decide whether to join the Black Cats.
The 22-year-old is thought to favour a move to West Ham over a move to Sunderland, having spent last season on loan at Upton Park, so he will be more likely to move to West Ham if they make an offer.
Jenkinson is currently away at the U21 European Championship with England, after being called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad as a result of some impressive performances at West Ham.
Despite being well stocked will full backs, with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers arriving at the club last summer, along the emergence of Hector Bellerin in recent times, the boss believes Jenkinson does have a future in north London.
Wenger, though, is of the opinion it will be beneficial for the right back to clock up more first-team football elsewhere, in the meantime.