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Galatasaray hope to strike deal for Arsenal defender Cedric

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Arsenal defender Cedric Soares could leave the club in the next few days, according to journalist Ben Jacobs

The 32-year-old defender has struggled for regular game time at the Emirates, and Mikel Arteta is ready to let him go. Galatasaray are hoping to close a deal for the right-back.

He has become a “priority” target for the Turkish giants. As of now, no agreement has been reached. The Turkish transfer window closes on 9 February which means they have some time to close the deal.

Jacobs says that Gala are looking to offer Cedric a two-and-a-half-year deal.

“Galatasaray still hoping to close a deal for Arsenal’s Cédric in the coming days. It’s a priority for the club’s board, who value his experience. A two-and-a-half year contract being considered. No fee agreed yet. Turkish window closes on a February 9,” wrote Jacobs on X.

Cedric is on £67k-per-week deal at the Emirates, but Arsenal will probably allow him to move on, as he is not in Arteta’s long-term plans.

Quiet transfer window

Cedric can play both as a right and left back, and the Portugal defender will be a good addition for Gala. He is a vastly experienced player and a move to Turkey is ideal as he approaches the fag end of his career.

This has been a quiet transfer window for the Gunners. Many had expected them to sign a new striker this month, but it didn’t happen. They were heavily linked with a move for Ivan Toney among others, but the Gunners decided to trust their squad for the rest of the season.

Arsenal are expected to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, and they do have enough depth and quality to take the race until the end.

Soares hasn’t played a single game in the Premier League and he has become surplus to requirements at the club.

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