Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Cedric Soares is likely to leave the club before the transfer window, fueling speculation that he’ll join Arsenal before Friday’s 11pm deadline.
The Portuguese right back has been a surprise target over the last couple of days, and having signed Sp*rs defender Kyle-Walker-Peters-Walker-Kyle on loan, the Saints have already filled the gap in their squad.
Speaking today, the
German Austrian was asked if he expected Soares to go, and said, “From our side, yes. The fact is that he’s out of contract in the summer.
“Sometimes things change quickly in football. Then for the club and for him, it is the best that we say ‘okay, if you want to leave, you have only two or three more months contract, then it’s better to go’.
“We are now concentrating on developing other players.”
Soares will arrive in North London to help the club push forward in the Premier League, as well as the Europa League and FA Cup.
However, he won’t be available until mid-February having picked up a knee ligament injury during Southampton’s clash with Crystal Palace on January 21st.
The Gunners have also added Spanish central defender Pablo Mari to the squad, paying Flamengo €5m for a loan deal with an option to buy.Hasenhuttl confirms Soares likely to leave Southampton