It’s looking increasingly likely that Cedric Soares will leave Arsenal during the current transfer window with Fulham closing in on a six-month loan deal for the full-back.
The Gunners were open to letting the Portugal international leave on a permanent deal but will wait until the summer to offload a player who arrived from Southampton three years ago, initially on loan.
ESPN’s James Olley reports that Fulham will cover all of Cedric’s £100,000 a week wages and will not have an option to buy.
After placing fellow clients Willian and Layvin Kurzawa at Fulham, there was something inevitable about agent Kia Joorabchian moving Cedric there too. Given the Cottagers are doing pretty well at the moment, it’s a move that suits all parties.
Cedric’s departure, coupled with the arrivals of Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior, means Mikel Arteta will have achieved his aim of creating a squad with three goalkeepers and 22 outfield players.
While it’s possible that Ivan Fresneda, Real Valladolid’s 18-year-old right-back, could also join Arsenal in January, it’s expected he would be loaned back to the La Liga outfit in the short term.