Newcastle United have suffered a huge setback in their pursuit of Arsenal right-back Cedric Soares…
They quote a source as saying: “It’s speculation. There are no offers. Cedric has no interest in leaving Arsenal.”
This comes after it was reported that Newcastle and Porto were both keen on a deal to sign the full-back. The initial claim stated that it is Cedric’s preference to remain with the Gunners but this latest report suggests that there is no chance of the Magpies signing him.
The Toon head coach will surely be fuming by this news as it comes as a big blow to his transfer plans heading into the summer.
Newcastle are seemingly interested in signing the defender in the next transfer window and this update suggests that they are set to miss out on him. Cedric has no interest in leaving The Emirates and as a result, the Magpies must stop wasting their time and move on to other targets instead of pursuing a player who does not want to make the switch.
Missing out on the full-back is a blow for Howe because he would bring versatility and experience to the table. He has played 151 Premier League matches for Southampton and Arsenal combined and has been deployed at left-back and right-back during his career.
This shows that he would save Newcastle millions as he would be able to, essentially, take up two spaces in the squad next term. His ability to cover both positions demonstrates that he can be used as a back-up at right-back and left-back and this stops the club from needing to sign a specialist in both roles – making the Portuguese international a shrewd addition.
Cedric’s experience in the Premier League suggests that he would have been a reliable option for Howe as he has been able to play at the top level in England for a number of years.
Therefore, he would have been a relatively safe signing in comparison to bringing in a player who has never played in either England or the top-flight, which is another reason why missing out on him is a blow for the Toon.
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