Southampton: Cedric linked with Sporting return

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Southampton right-back Cedric Soares has been linked with a move back to Sporting Lisbon, who are keen on signing the player currently on loan at Arsenal.

O Jogo (via Sport Witness) claims that Sporting are interested in the player and he is just one former player that the Portuguese club are looking to bring back in the upcoming summer transfer window.

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Cedric’s current deal at St. Mary’s runs out in the summer. Apart from him, Sporting want to bring Adrien Silva, Islam Slimani and Joao Mario back to the club. Sport Witness also says that Arsenal have a ‘preference’ to sign Cedric permanently at the end of the current season.

Not playing at Arsenal

Cedric, who is valued at £9 million (as per Transfermarkt), had joined Arsenal from Southampton on loan this past January, with the deal ending at the end of the season. But since joining, Cedric has not made a single appearance in any competition for the Gunners, having been out of action due to a knee injury.

For the Saints, Cedric had made 19 appearances in all competitions. 16 of them were in the Premier League, with the right-back grabbing one assist, which came against Wolves.

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He spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter, where he made four Europa League appearances and played four Serie A games. In the league, he grabbed two assists for the Nerazzurri.

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Following Cedric’s departure for Arsenal, Southampton signed Kyle Walker-Peters on loan from Tottenham. Genk full-back Joakim Maehle has previously been linked with a move to Southampton. If they do manage to sign the right-back, they may not miss Cedric once his contract expires.

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