Arsenal outcast Cedric Soares ‘could join Fulham on loan in January’ after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta, with Marco Silva’s side ‘leading the race to sign the right-back ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal’
- Arsenal are weighing up whether to let Cedric Soares to leave on loan in January
- Fulham reportedly lead the race to prise the right-back away from north London
- Cedric would likely leave Arsenal in a loan deal with an obligation to buy clause
- He has found first-team minutes hard to come by under Mikel Arteta this season
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Fulham are reportedly leading the race to sign Cedric Soares on loan from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old has only made two Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season after falling further behind in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order following Ben White’s recent move to right-back.
With Takehiro Tomiyasu also an option in the position, Cedric has found first-team minutes few and far between this term, meaning a January switch could be the best solution for all parties.
Fulham are reportedly leading the race to sign Cedric Soares on loan from Arsenal in January
Mikel Arteta and Co are weighing up whether to let the 31-year-old leave on loan next month
According to the Evening Standard, Fulham are the frontrunners to sign him next month on a short-term loan until the end of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal are also said to be circling, yet it is Marco Silva’s side who look best positioned to prise him away from north London.
While Fulham are yet to hold formal negotiations with Arsenal, the most likely structure of a potential deal is a six-month loan with an obligation to buy included.
However, the Gunners are yet to decide if Cedric will be allowed to leave in the winter window after Arteta previously described his squad as being on the short side.
Marco Silva is understood to be the driving force behind Fulham’s pursuit of the right-back
He currently has three right-backs to choose from, but a potential injury to one of them would leave him short in the position, especially if White is needed as a centre-back in the second half of the season.
Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League ahead of its resumption after the World Cup, having taken 37 points from a possible 42.
Fulham, meanwhile, are up in ninth place following a decent start to their top-flight return which has seen them rack up five victories.
Silva is determined to strengthen at right-back in January, with the Portuguese boss understood to be the driving force behind their interest in Cedric.
Nevertheless, he also has his eye on Roma’s Rick Karsdorp as a potential back-up option if their pursuit of the Arsenal outcast falls by the wayside.
Should they fail to prise him away from Arsenal, Roma’s Rick Karsdorp is a back-up option