It has been reported that Arsenal are not in a position to be throwing money around this transfer window and with transfer target Wilfried Zaha being given a £100m price tag by Crystal Palace, The Gunners need to smart to secure the Ivorian. Offering the club a player as well as the reported £40m bid could tempt the Eagles into letting go of their prized possession.
Arsenal have a collection of players at the club that do not see a lot of game time under Unai Emery but garner huge wages, and these players could be the key to the Zaha deal. Two players that could be included in the agreement are Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson who are both fringe players at the Emirates, with Chambers spending last season on loan at relegated Fulham. Both players are right backs, which is a perfect fit for Palace given the recent sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Carl Jenkinson has had a weird career at the Emirates, signing from Charlton Athletic for £1m in 2010 at age 18. The Englishman had a lot of promise in his early career representing both England and Finland at youth level. For the first couple of seasons at the Emirates, Jenkinson was in and out of the team with injuries as well as poor performances like in the 8-2 humiliation by Manchester United where he looked out of place before being sent off. In 2014 Jenkinson was loaned out to West Ham United where he impressed in his first season but a severe injury during a second loan spell cut his season short. Since returning to the Gunners in 2016 Jenkinson has struggled with injuries and poor form which saw him loaned out to Birmingham City in the 2017/18 season, return to Arsenal again and become a fringe player at the Emirates. With the right back in the final year of his contract and clubs such as Celtic and West Brom interested in the player, Arsenal should look to send Jenkinson to the Eagles in the Zaha deal if possible.
Michael Calvin published “The Nowhere Men” In 2013 and inside was a bold prediction that Calum Chambers was destined to be one of the best players in the world. It was less than a year later when Arsenal announced the signing of the 19-year-old in a deal worth £18m. As a 19-year-old he made his debut for the Gunners less than a week later before starring in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Manchester City. A strong start to his Arsenal career saw Chambers nominated for the Golden Boy award in 2014, but the emergence of Hector Bellerin at right back saw Chambers opportunities limited. A couple of loan spells have followed for the now 24-year-old, which have seen Chambers play in a variety of positions and add real flexibility to his game. During his somewhat short career he has played at right back, centre back and more recently for relegated Fulham he has occupied a holding midfield role. Chambers would offer Crystal Palace a replacement for Wan-Bissaka at right back as well as utility across the pitch, which would mean he could be more valuable than Jenkinson as a makeweight in the deal.
Jenkinson is valued at just under £2m on Transfermarkt however given the recent transfer of Matt Targett to Aston Villa for a reported £11.5m I believe you could expect a similar fee for the former Finland youth international. In terms of Chambers, valued at £12.6m, I think given the utility he offers and the current market he could easily take roughly £20m from the deal. Offering one of these players or even both could be an excellent ploy to secure the services of Zaha for a lower price as well as ridding Arsenal of fringe players.