Arsenal defender Cedric Soares is set to become the focus of transfer speculation in the final days of the January window, with Galatasaray expressing interest in the Portuguese international. Limited playing time at the Emirates Stadium has led to the 32-year-old being pursued by the Turkish club.
Cedric Soares, the Portuguese defender for Arsenal, is reportedly a transfer target for Galatasaray as the January window nears its conclusion. The 32-year-old has found opportunities limited at the Emirates Stadium, starting just once in all competitions this season.
Galatasaray’s interest in Cedric is part of their strategy to fill the void left by Sacha Boey’s move to Bayern Munich. The Turkish club is prepared to pay a small fee for the experienced full-back, whose contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.
Despite Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu being the preferred options at right-back for Arsenal this season, Cedric’s potential move to Galatasaray could open up opportunities for other players, with Jurrien Timber expected to return from injury later in the season.
While the English transfer window closes on February 1 at 11 pm GMT, Galatasaray has until February 9 to finalize a deal, as the Turkish transfer window remains open for an additional week. The club is likely to pursue an early completion of the move, considering interest from Istanbul rivals Besiktas.
Cedric’s departure could benefit Arsenal financially, as the expiration of his contract means the Gunners would reduce their wage bill by a reported £100,000 per week. This financial relief could play a pivotal role in Arsenal’s summer business, particularly in light of Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns.