Southampton: Cedric Soares linked with January exit

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Southampton defender Cedric Soares has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the ongoing January transfer window.

As per Mike McGrath from the Telegraph, the Gunners are eyeing a late move for the Portuguese in an attempt to bolster their backline for the second-half of the ongoing Premier League season.

Should Cedric leave in January?

We can't afford to sell him!

We can't afford to sell him!

Get some money from his sale

Get some money from his sale

The report goes onto state that the Saints will listen to offers under £6million to make sure that they recover some of the money that they spent to sign him. Cedric’s current deal at St. Mary’s Stadium runs out in the summer of 2020.

A regular at Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl has had two options for the right-back position this season, with one being Cedric and the other being young Yan Valery. But Cedric has been a regular in recent weeks, having made 19 appearances in all competitions for the club. He has one goal and one assist to his name. The Portuguese has played in all of the club’s last 13 Premier League games too.

In the second half of last season, Cedric was loaned out to Serie A giants Inter. Under Luciano Spalletti, the right-back made nine appearances in all competitions. Four of them came in the Europa League and four came in Serie A.

Before leaving for the Nerazzurri in January of 2019, Cedric had made 18 Premier League appearances for the Saints.

What do we think?

Southampton don’t exactly have too much time to sort out a replacement for Cedric, with what is left in the January transfer window. They will get some money off the sale, but it may not help the balance of the side as Cedric had played the last 13 games in the Premier League. They should squeeze the last remaining games out of the right-back and let him leave for free.

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