Turks make pincer movement as two Arsenal defenders targeted


Reports in the Turkish media claim Fenerbahce are keen to sign Arsenal defensive pair Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window.

The duo look surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. Cedric has struggled to nail down a regular first-team berth since arriving in north London. Having spent five years with Southampton, the Portugal international penned a loan deal with the Gunners in January 2020.

That became permanent last summer as Soares inked a long-term deal in the capital. But things did not go to plan last term and Mikel Arteta used him sparingly.

The former Sporting ace made just eight Premier League starts among 10 appearances. He switched from his usual right-back spot to cover for the injured Kieran Tierney at times.

But with Nuno Tavares now on board, the left-back position seems covered. And if Hector Bellerin remains, his route to the opposite side of defence may also be blocked.

Therefore an exit could be the best thing for all concerned. Fotomac are reporting that Fener’s manager Vitor Pereira is hoping to land the versatile stopper this summer.

He has struggled with injuries at times but proved at Southampton that he is a decent player when fit. Arteta may decide to keep him as the Spaniard will want plenty of cover in all positions.