With Kyle Walker seemingly moving increasingly near to a move to Manchester City, the Mirror say that Tottenham could turn to Southampton’s Cedric Soares as a replacement. Juventus and Barcelona are both monitoring the Portugal international with an eye on a potential summer move but the Saints are reluctant to sell.
What would he bring to Mauricio Pochettino’s side?
The Euro 2016 winner is a dynamic right-back who would fit well into the mould that Mauricio Pochettino could be looking for to replace Walker. Strong defensively and threatening in attack, Soares has proven himself in the Premier League and at the elite level with his national team.
Soares is one of the league’s best tacklers at full-back and has shown himself to be capable of containing some of the league’s most potent attackers. His pace is important to help him keep up with the trickiest of wingers, but his superb tackling is also crucial.
What is more, Soares possesses an excellent crossing ability. That may only have converted into three assists last season, but with Harry Kane on the end of his crosses it would undoubtedly be a much higher figure.
Is a move likely?
The 25-year-old recently signed a new contract to commit himself to the Saint Mary’s club. It is reported that club bosses could even be prepared to give him an improved deal for the second time in a year to ensure that he continues at the club.
However, they do have a record of being prepared to sell their star players if their asking price is met and it’s hard to imagine that Soares would be any different to the likes of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana or many others before him. That is something that Mauricio Pochettino will be fully aware of.