Report reveals why Cedric Soares did not move to Benfica last month

Cedric Soares was anticipated to depart Arsenal during the last transfer window, having seen minimal playing time in the first half of the season, rendering him surplus to requirements at the Emirates. Despite this, Arsenal is unable to compel his departure due to his contractual obligations, which extend until the conclusion of this season.

While the Gunners were open to facilitating his move and entertained interest from various clubs, including Benfica, the potential transfer to the Portuguese club collapsed. The breakdown in negotiations reportedly occurred as Soares sought a more lucrative deal for his next transfer, a condition not met by Benfica’s offer.

It is revealed in a report by Sport Witness that the full-back declined the proposed terms from Benfica, demonstrating a desire for a substantial financial package in what could be his final significant contract. With his current contract set to expire in the summer, Soares may explore the possibility of securing a lucrative deal as a free agent, contingent on finding a suitor willing to meet his financial expectations.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Soares is one of our poorer players, and it is a surprise that he is looking for a lucrative deal.

Clubs know players who are worth a lot of money, and someone who has hardly played in two years is not.

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  1. winston bogarde mark 2 but still on the bench conor bradley would never get a chance with arteta as boss of liverpool

  2. This latest debacle of top football clubs trying but failing to remove deadwood players – as those players are vastly overpaid and naturally enough will not lightly accept a lower more realistic wage elsewhere- shows the fooishness of paying mere “reserve standard” players such ludicrous anounts.

    Fortunately the fact that FFP at long long last has scared clubs ,ours included, into no longer paying ludicrous wages for relatively poor players, will from now on, IMO stop a great deal of these shortsighted foolish signings happening again , at least for clubs at our level. By all means spendf real money But on such as Rice and never agin in duds like Lokonga Soares Elneny and co, as even their wages cost a great deal when added together.

    Money we badly need to be spent elsewhere,eg on a STRIKER, but are now terrified to use. NO MORE DUDS EVER AGAIN MA PLEASE.

    1. Exactly this….the long term issue with over paying average players! He’ll leave for free or have his contract cancelled and yet again we’ll recoup zero funds.

  3. An unremarkable and unnecessary extension of a player never up to Arsenal standards.

    Foolish waste of funds on Cedric, I put him up there with Mari at CB, but not at a Willian level waste.

  4. Why on earth we couldn’t have put an accademy player in his spot, to have done what he has for his mega bucks. How much money would have not been wasted. El ninny as well. As well as a few other bench warmers.

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