Atletico Madrid are considering loaning Cedric Soares

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Atletico Madrid have been linked with a loan move to Arsenal’s right-back Cedric Soares.

Atleti have just let Kieran Trippier return to England with a move to Newcastle and need protection on that side of their defense. Sime Vrsaljko has often struggled with injuries and Marcos Llorente fills in when needed, although he is usually a midfielder by profession.

According to the Daily Mail, Diego Simeone’s side would be interested in securing a loan for Cedric with a view to a permanent deal. But Gunners may be reluctant to do business.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is their first choice as a right-back, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been allowed to join Roma on loan, leaving Calum Chambers as their main back-up. With that lack of coverage, Arsenal may not want to let Cedric leave, even though he has barely been with so far this season.

The former Southampton man has only made four Premier League appearances in 2021/22 and has only played with some regularity in the Carabao Cup.

Cedric, 30, joined Arsenal on a six-month loan in January 2020 and later made the move permanent when his Southampton contract expired. He has at best been an edge player, he usually enters the starting eleven when players are injured or for cup competitions.

He will probably not have a long-term future at the club as manager Mikel Arteta looks set to continue shaping the squad in his image.

Tomiyasu, Ben White and Nuno Taveres all joined during the summer, refreshing a defense that had become obsolete with many mistakes in recent years.

The Gunners have been in excellent form in recent months, reaching the top four in the Premier League as they chase the Champions League qualifiers.

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