According to the Evening Standard, three clubs are interested in signing Cedric Soares with Fulham currently looking like the favourites to secure the defender’s signature in January.
Having featured heavily last season – predominantly as cover for Takehiro Tomiyasu – the Portugal international has been reduced to a bit-part role this time as a result of Ben White’s deployment at right-back. To date, Cedric has made only four appearances for a total of 119 minutes.
At 31, he’s understandably keen to get back to regular football and agent Kia Joorabchian is putting out the feelers.
A move to West London would be convenient, especially as Cedric has experience working with coach Marco Silva earlier in his career at Sporting Lisbon. Still, continental interest from Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen isn’t to be sniffed at.
Simon Collings claims that Arsenal are open to either a six-month loan with an option to buy or a permanent departure. Neither scenario is likely to see the Gunners recoup much cash on a player who joined on loan from Southampton before completing a permanent move as a free agent in the summer of July 2020.
Arsenal aren’t expected to see many outgoings in January. If the club recruits a winger, it’s possible they will sanction a loan move for Marquinhos but otherwise, the focus will be on reshuffling the pack at the academy level.