Cedric Soares has reportedly been offered to AS Rome for the upcoming January transfer window as a ‘low-cost option’ to solve the Serie A side’s fullback crisis.
According to AS Roma Live, the Roman club have been offered the Saints right-back as a potentially cheap signing for the January transfer window with Cedric’s contract with the Premier League side set to expire next summer.
And a winter move could be an ideal situation for every party involved given the nature and situations of both the clubs and the player in question.
Roma are in desperate need of a right-back following the long-term injury to Chelsea loanee Davide Zappacosta as reported by Sky Sports News, and their reported pursuit of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj is likely going to be too pricey for the Italian club to afford as reported by Sport Witness.
With Cedric in the final year of his contract at Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl seemingly likely willing to offload the Portuguese international given his lack of first-team minutes this season as numbers from Transfermarkt show, the Saints might be able to pocket a small fortune for the right-back if Roma moves ahead with their interest of the fullback.
It would also likely mean that Yan Valery, who supporters have been crying out for to start most games for Southampton, will be seen as the unchallenged first-team right-back for the Saints.
With Cedric having experience playing in Italy last season with Inter Milan for five months, the defender might favour a return to Serie A on a more permanent basis, and with EURO 2020 fast approaching, the Portuguese defender will likely be willing to move to a new team in the lesser of the two transfer windows to secure first-team football.