Manchester City to step up their interest in Cedric Soares
Southampton Right Back Cedric Soares is set to be the subject of interest of Manchester City.
Reports claim Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has understood that their first choice transfer targets for the Right-Back position- Kyle Walker of Tottenham and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, would be tough to sign up considering they are from City’s direct title rivals and also for their hefty price tags.
The 25-year-old Portuguese International Soares, on the other hand, would be a much cheaper alternative to Walker and Bellerin.
Manchester City have been vulnerable at the back this season and their defensive fragilities have been exposed again and again. Soares, who has 1 assist in his name in 20 Premier League appearances for the Saints this season, may not be an attractive attacking full-back option as Guardiola loves his full-backs to be, but he is rock solid at the back and that’s what City need considering their defensive vulnerabilities. Soares will also directly fit into the team as he is well aware of the Premier League’s playing style.
Soares has already played 17 international matches for Portugal since his debut in 2014. He was a prominent figure in the Portugal team which won the 2016 UEFA EURO Championship. Barcelona are also interested in him but City believe they are in pole position at the moment.
This would be a huge blow to Arsenal’s hopes of keeping Hector Bellerin beyond this season. Both City and Barcelona are interested in the Spanish Right-Back and the side to lose Soares battle would surely extend their muscles for Bellerin.
With Arsene Wenger’s future at the Emirates is uncertain and Bellerin himself previously expressed his delight on being linked to Barcelona and Manchester City, Arsenal are on the verge of losing one of their brightest young talents.
Southampton officials are trying their best to keep hold of Soares, who arrived at the Saint Mary’s in 2015 and has a contract with the Saints until 2021, but they would be obliged to sell him if any big club come with the right price, reportedly £25m.