Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic are in talks to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson but he will have to take a significant pay-cut if he is to join the Hoops, according to a report published by Football Insider. 

The once-capped England international has the ability to have a huge impact at Parkhead.

A product of the Charlton Athletic development system, Jenkinson joined the Gunners as a highly-rated youngster in 2011.

While the reported Celtic target has shown tremendous potential, he has never quite established himself as a first-team regular within the Arsenal team and has gone on to make just 41 Premier League appearances since then.

He had loan spells with the likes of West Ham United as well as Birmingham City. where he had moderate success.

In Celtic’s favour, Arsenal will likely be looking to sell Jenkinson this summer. It is clear that he is not part of Unai Emery’s future plans and the Premier League club will be looking to cash-in on him as he has just one year remaining on his current contract with them.

The Gunners may also be willing to offer the player to Celtic for free. Emery has reportedly made Hoops star Kieran Tierney a priority target this summer as he looks to identify a replacement for the outgoing Nacho Monreal and someone to provide Sead Kolasinac with competition next season.

It looks highly likely that Tierney will depart at this point.

The acquisition of Jenkinson as part of the deal could soften his Celtic departure as the Hoops look to continue their stranglehold over the Scottish game.

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