Arsenal have confirmed the loan signing of right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton.
The Portugal international, 28, will spend the rest of the season at the Emirates with the Gunners in pole position to make the deal permanent in the summer when the player becomes a free agent.
Trusted sources, including David Ornstein and Charles Watts, claim our outlay for the next six months will come to around £5 million, including his full wages and a fee to the Saints.
He’s our Cedric! ✅
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Given Hector Bellerin’s return to fitness and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ promising performances covering at right-back, the signing is a little surprising.
That said, any strengthening of our defence, to which we’ve also added Pablo Mari, is most welcome.
Soares, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, has 11 assists and three goals in 138 appearances for Southampton. He’s also played 33 times for his country and was part of the squad that won Euro 2016.
Unfortunately, this means he’s probably spent a fair bit of time with a naked Cristiano Ronaldo. Hopefully, he’s not too traumatised.
Welcome to Arsenal, Cedric.