According to Portuguese outlet Diario de Noticias, Southampton defender Cedric Soares is still likely to leave the club this summer despite being handed a surprise lifeline by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, with Arsenal, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs interested in him.
DN report that the 27-year-old, who is now into the final year of his deal at St Mary’s, is ‘almost certain’ to be on his way during this window.
They say that this is Saints’ final chance to sell the Euro 2016 winner for a fee given his contract situation, and that Arsenal, PSG and Monaco are all keen and have made initial contact with the south coast outfit.
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The fact that Cedric was named in the 26-man squad for the pre-season tour to Austria earlier this week was certainly a surprise in many ways.
He was quickly bombed out of the club following Hasenhuttl’s appointment in December having mainly filled in at left-back for the injured Ryan Bertrand, joining Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the campaign having been usurped in the starting XI by Yan Valery on the right.
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DN report how he fell out of favour with the Austrian prior to his departure to the San Siro, while The Telegraph reported last month that Southampton were ready to listen to offers for him this summer, along with the likes of Guido Carrillo.
Given the Argentine striker failed to make the cut for the overseas trip this week, along with Charlie Austin and Mario Lemina among others, it was certainly surprising that the Portuguese man did given his overall situation right now.
The 27-year-old appears to be a well-liked member of the squad, but with Saints looking to raise funds and to find some flexibility within their wage structure so Hasenhuttl can bring in further new signings, it would be no surprise if DN are right and that he will depart.
If the aforementioned trio of clubs firm up their interest, the south coast outfit look ready to cash in and it is a no-brainer for them given Valery’s rise and the fact that Cedric has largely failed to stand out in the previous two seasons.