27-year-old Portuguese full-back Cedric Soares’ future at Southampton has long been in doubt after he fell out of favour following a period of poor form and the rumour mill over the summer has long linked him with a departure – and now we can add Monaco as a potential destination.
With just over 100 appearances to his name at the club following his £4.7million arrival back in the summer of 2015 from Sporting Lisbon, we’ve arguably had our monies worth from the player even if the relationship with a good number of fans has soured in recent seasons as the club began struggling as a whole.
The emergence of Yan Valery has certainly helped but departure speculation has been rife, albeit nothing has yet come of it. With it seeming like there had been no firm offers for the player, it was claimed recently that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had now given him a clean slate and Soares has been involved over pre-season so far and is again in the squad that travelled to Feyenoord earlier today for our next friendly clash.
However, reports from French outlet Foot Mercato (via the Daily Echo) maintain that Soares has suitors and Monaco will have a definite interest in him, but they have to shift either Djibril Sidibe or Benjamin Henrichs out of the club first.
If Soares has seized his chance under Hasenhuttl now and can recapture his old form, Monaco (and others) may well have left it too late. If he hasn’t impressed, if the reports are correct at least we may have a good chance of moving him on, even if we have to remain patient.