According to Foot Mercato, Monaco are interested in Southampton right-back Cedric Soares. The manager of the French outfit, Leonardo Jardim, is thought to be very keen on the Portuguese full-back.
The 27-year-old arrived at St Mary’s Stadium from Sporting in the summer of 2015. He quickly established himself as a regular starter for the south coast club. However, the 33-cap Portugal international fell out of favour following the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian coach allowed Soares to join Inter Milan on loan last season. It is clear, therefore, that Soares has no future with the Saints. Hasenhuttl is presumably open to an offer from Monaco for the right-back’s services.
However, the departure of Soares would leave a gap in Hasenhuttl’s squad. 20-year-old Yan Valery would be the only remaining natural right-back. Hasenhuttl clearly rates the Frenchman very highly, but he would still be wise to provide some back up and competition for the youngster.
With that in mind, Southampton should launch a move for Carl Jenkinson. The 27-year-old is clearly surplus to requirements at Arsenal. What’s more, given he only has one more year to run on his current deal with the Gunners, he’ll surely be available for a cut price fee. Unai Emery would likely even allow the defender to leave on loan this summer, accepting that he’ll become a free agent next year. Simply getting the unwanted player out of the club must be the priority for Arsenal now.
A loan deal for Jenkinson would allow Hasenhuttl to replace Soares in his squad. It would also provide Jenkinson with a much-needed opportunity to complete for regular first team football and get his career back on track. The switch would be a cost-effective deal that suits all involved.