Report: Crystal Palace interested in Celtic target Carl Jenkinson

By David Walton

July 3, 2019

Celtic target Carl Jenkinson is now reportedly interesting English Premier League side Crystal Palace.

Palace have just sold former right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a staggering £50million deal to Manchester United (BBC). Now, according to the Sun, they’re eyeing up Arsenal’s Jenkinson as a replacement.

Jenkinson was linked with Celtic just last month (Daily Mail, print edition 16/06, back page). And with our current right-back situation in a bit of a crisis state at the moment, Celtic could do with getting one in as soon as possible.

Celtic and Crystal Palace could rival each other for Carl Jenkinson (James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

There hasn’t as of yet been a formal offer to Arsenal for Jenkinson’s services as it stands. He made just eight appearances for the Gunners last season, and has played 70 times for them overall. Previous loan spells at Birmingham City and West Ham have also occurred.

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If claims of Palace’s interest are true, it’s a bit of a blow for Celtic. It’s not difficult to put two and two together here.

Arsenal are ready to offer the Eagles £40m for their own star man Wilfried Zaha. The BBC believes that Palace will reject the bid and want closer to £80m. If Arsenal want to sweeten the deal, what’s to stop them from offering Jenkinson. It seems the natural solution if that’s the route they want to go down. It would mean Palace get £40-£60m whilst sorting out their right-back problems.

No official approach for Jenkinson has been reported as of yet (Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Alternatively, it could be suggested that we do our own sweetener with Arsenal. Ask them to throw Jenkinson into the mix for a reduced offer for Kieran Tierney. The only problem there is that we would therefore be left without a first-choice left back and would quickly need to hunt for one. That doesn’t seem a particularly good move for us if we did give it a go.

A long hunt

Celtic’s right-back search appears to have taken a little longer than we all would’ve liked. The club will likely have known for a while that Mikael Lustig was departing this summer. And now, only Anthony Ralston is available to feature as first-choice right-back against Sarajevo next week.

Could Celtic use Tierney for Jenkinson leverage? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The deadline to register our squad for the Champions League qualifier against the Bosnians is on Thursday (UEFA, page 42). No deal for a right-back looks like being completed before then, unless Celtic pull something magical out of the hat.

But even if we do go for Jenkinson, we really may have to pray that Palace aren’t interested. If Palace seriously want him, it’s highly likely they would be favourites to get it done.