After it was confirmed that Real Madrid right-back Danilo had signed for Manchester City, the London Evening Standard immediately reported that Chelsea were considering alternatives. The club are looking to provide competition for Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso at wing-back.
They say that two of the candidates belong to the same club as Southampton duo Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares top the list. The former is well known to Blues fans having come through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, but the latter is a lesser known name.
The Portugal international was a stand-out performer for the Saints last season, having made a huge impression since joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2015 as a replacement for Liverpool bound Nathaniel Clyne.
A winner at Euro 2016 with his national side, Soares was crucial to the Saints, keeping 14 clean sheets when he was in the line-up last season. Now, he could bring that defensive strength to Stamford Bridge.
He is also an exciting attacking force down the flank, perhaps showing how he could adapt to the wing-back role at Chelsea. Whilst Victor Moses played in a more offensive role last season, he managed 0.8 key passes per game, compared to Soares’ 1.3 key passes per game.
The 25-year-old may only have registered three assists, but he has earned praise for the accuracy of his crossing. That has added another dimension to the Saints’ attack and would fit in well at Chelsea as a player with similar traits to Victor Moses.
Cedric may lack the world class quality to force Victor Moses out of the side immediately, but he would certainly be a strong addition to add competition. With Champions League experience from his time in Lisbon and a European champion with Portugal, he could be a strong option to have in the squad.
Bought for only £4.7 million two years ago, Mauricio Pellegrino and co. are likely to demand a substantially higher fee to part with their man this time around. Given that Chelsea were prepared to pay a big fee for Danilo, this money could be well invested in Cedric Soares instead.