Fenerbahce are keeping close tabs on the London club defender Cedric Soares. Portugal international joined the Gunners from Southampton, initially on loan in winter 2020. Soares eventually made the move permanent the next summer after his deal at Southampton’s ran out.
Cedric has since played 29 games for Arsenal, scoring once and assisting twice. A bit-part player, Soares has shown little to suggest he has a future at Arsenal. The Portuguese defender could now be offered an escape route thanks to newly appointed Fenerhance boss Vitor Pereira.
The Portuguese manager has identified his countryman as the perfect fit for the defender spot and is keen to make a move for Cedric this transfer window.
Vitor Pereira is eager to use Soares as a right wing-back in his 3-4-3 system and as a right-back in the more traditional 4-4-2 formation. Fenerhance are hamstrung by their financial position and cannot make an outright offer for the Portuguese right-back.
However, they are open to taking Soares on loan with the option to make the deal permanent next summer. Arsenal are well stocked in the position and could be open to letting the veteran full-back go. With the likes of Hector Bellerin and Chambers available, Arsenal will do well to rid themselves of Cedric and free up salary space for reinforcements.
A move to Turkey would be a welcome challenge for Soares, who has a better chance of playing regularly at Fenerbahce. He seems ready to request Gunners to sanction the move. Whether that will happen remain to be seen.