Sky Sports in Italy reported on Wednesday night that Inter Milan are in advanced discussions to sign Southampton defender Cedric Soares – and Saints fans have been quick to react to the rumour on Twitter.
Despite being one of the south coast outfit’s more senior players and a Euro 2016 winner, the Portugal international has often found himself behind the likes of Yan Valery, Matt Targett and Kayne Ramsay in the pecking order following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival at St Mary’s last month.
That certainly suggests the Austrian doesn’t fancy the 27-year-old and is keen to move him on if the deal is right – as he has done with Manolo Gabbiadini and Wesley Hoedt already during this transfer window – and if Sky Sports in Italy are to be believed then a deal could soon happen.
Cedric has made 119 appearances in all competitions for Saints, scoring two goals and providing a further 10 assists, as per Transfermarkt, and while he was a reliable performer in his debut campaign at St Mary’s in 2015/16, he has struggled over the course of the past couple of seasons with his attacking impact in particular not being up to scratch.
Southampton supporters have been quick to have their say on the story via social media, and while one said “I think Cedric leaving has been on the cards for a while”, another said “Cedric hasn’t looked like he’s wanted to be here for ages”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— YoshidaFan (@yershida) January 24, 2019
Well I hope we can get in someone better than Cédric, I doubt. I am sad he is leaving, not had a great season at all however. Very disappointed we missed out on Clyne now. #SaintsFC
— No3man (@AlasdairNo3man) January 24, 2019
If Cedric has wanted a move for a while then he deserves praise, because since Hasenhuttl has come in he's been one of our improved players IMO. Would be sad to see him go but wish him the best. #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrew_h2k19) January 24, 2019
Cedric hasn’t looked like he’s wanted to be here for ages and is no loss in my opinion. We need a better option than Valery though. Still way too raw #saintsfc
— James White (@jamesalexwhite7) January 24, 2019
I think Cedric leaving has been on the cards for a while, losing him to a team out of the PL, getting a decent fee and getting in a RB for competition with Valery and it’ll be a good move. #saintsfc
— Sam Bishop (@BishhhhhyBoy) January 24, 2019
Valery is already as good, if not better defensively. Won't miss him. #SaintsFC
— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) January 24, 2019
Letting Cedric go is a very foolish move in my opinion, especially with how light we are for fullbacks. #SaintsFC
— Josh Richards (@JoshR1988) January 24, 2019
Good luck to Cedric, not a bad player but I won’t lose any sleep over him leaving. Never filled full potential by not being able to cross or head a ball. Confident we can get a better replacement in someone Ralph knows. #saintsfc
— Home & Away Saint (@Saintmike_sfc) January 24, 2019
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