Fulham set to finalise deal for Arsenal defender

LONDON, ENGLAND: Kaoru Mitoma of Brighton & Hove Albion is put under pressure by Cedric Soares of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on November 09, 2022. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal are set to loan Cedric Soares to Fulham, who will cover his wages in full but won’t have an option or obligation to buy.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares and Martin Oedegaard of Arsenal celebrates following their side's victory in the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares and Martin Odegaard of Arsenal celebrates following their side’s victory in the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

ESPN report that Fulham are now expected to complete the loan signing of Cedric Soares from Arsenal, with the two clubs agreeing on a six-month loan deal with no option or obligation to make it permanent.

Cedric reportedly earns close to £100,000-a-week at Arsenal, more than the £65,000-a-week previously reported.

The reason for the confusion is that Arsenal were indeed initially paying Cedric £65,000-a-week, as he was on loan and those were his wages at Southampton.

But when he signed permanently, his wages evidently increased. Fulham will now cover Cedric’s current wages in full to bring in their priority January target.

Kaya Kaynak and Fabrizio Romano confirm that Fulham are hoping to get the deal done this week and that they’ll cover his £100,000 wages.

Cedric Soares playing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Cedric Soares playing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Then there’s the question of how Fulham are bringing in another Premier League loanee. The Cottagers already have Shane Duffy and Dan James on loan, and the Premier League has a cap of two loanees from other Premier League clubs.

Ryan Taylor reports that it appears Fulham are set to send one of their loanees back imminently. The smart money would be on Duffy, as he’s played two Premier League minutes so far.

Alternatively, Fulham could sign either player permanently before Cedric joins.

Charles Watts reports that it was a tough decision for Cedric to leave this month, given Arsenal’s position in a title race. But his desire to play and Marco Silva’s determination to sign him won out.

Given the complications of the loan, this one may drag on a little longer. Still, it now looks like it will eventually go through.