Arsenal on the verge of signing Cedric Soares from Southampton

Sky Sports report Arsenal on the verge of signing Portuguese right back Cedric Soares from Southampton

His contract at Southampton runs out in the summer, with no plans to extend.

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Sky Sports; The Portugal international – part of the Euro 2016-winning squad – will join Arsenal until the end of the season, when he will become a free agent at the end of his Saints contract.

Arsenal are keen to strengthen their defence, having kept just four clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

Charles Watts also confirmed the links as Arsenal are looking to cover for Hector Bellerin and Southampton are open to selling the player.

Though Arsenal are only taking the player on loan at first, he’s a free agent in the summer. As a result, the Gunners won’t have to pay a transfer fee to sign him permanently at that stage.

Arsenal have an option on the table for a longer-term deal this summer, reportedly set at four years.

Soares made it clear to the Saints in November that he doesn’t intend to extend his contract with Southampton, unfortunately, an injury that sidelines him for three weeks may deter the deal but that’s unlikely given that he has ample time to recover during the winter break before the Gunners’ next game against Burnley.

Cedric is out with injury right now after starting 12 consecutive Premier League games for Southampton. He picked up an injury in the most recent one and will spend three weeks on the sidelines

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