Goal have claimed that Arsenal could be about to wave goodbye loanee Cedric Soares when his Southampton contract expires on June 30 – with the Gunners yet to extend his spell with the club.
Soares, 28, joined Arsenal on loan despite his Southampton contract due to expire this summer anyway. The belief was that Soares would recover from his knee injury towards the end of February.
Fast forward until now, and the Euro 2016 winner is yet to make his debut for the Gunners. The Portugal international has even missed the behind-closed-doors friendlies against Charlton and Brentford due to a facial injury.
Cedric is due to become a free agent after June 30. It is a different scenario to other loan spells, as Cedric will no longer be contracted to Southampton at the end of the month and therefore Arsenal cannot extend the loan with the Saints.
Cedric may agree to playing for Arsenal before signing a permanent deal with the club, but that could harm his chances of a move in the summer – if he picks up an injury. Arsenal paid £1million in January for the right-back.
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal sign Cedric?
His injury woes have been incredibly frustrating for player, club and supporters but it must be remembered that the former Inter Milan and Sporting Lisbon ace is still a top player – and a very cheap option at right-back as cover for Hector Bellerin.
On a free, Cedric is a bargain. If he can rid himself of his injury woes, he would be an excellent option as back-up for Bellerin – and even has the quality to rival the Spain international for a place in the Arsenal starting line-up.