Arsenal are expected to confirm the loan signing of Southampton right-back Cédric Soares ahead of Friday’s deadline after agreeing a deal with the Saints.
Mikel Arteta’s defence has been ravaged by defensive injuries this season. Flamengo’s Pablo Marí has already been brought in to cover in the centre, but the Gunners are also eager to find someone to rotate with Héctor Bellerín on the right.
That man appears to be Cedric, and David Ornstein believes that the deal could be confirmed on Thursday after Arsenal agreed to pay a total of £5m on both a loan fee and the right-back’s wages.
It is also suggested that Arsenal would be open to bringing Cedric in the summer once his contract with Southampton expires, and The Telegraph adds that an option is already in place for Cédric to sign a four-year deal at the end of the season.
That report adds that the loan fee is worth less than £1m, with the Gunners eager to save money after spending so heavily during the summer on the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney.
After moving to Southampton back in 2015, Cedric has made 138 appearances for the Saints, but after an impressive start to life in England, he has struggled to cement a place in the team’s starting lineup in recent seasons.