Fulham set to sign Arsenal’s Cedric Soares on loan
Negotiations have accelerated in recent days and the two clubs have now agreed in principle a six-month loan deal with no option or obligation to make it a permanent deal.
Sources have told ESPN that Fulham will cover Cedric’s wages in full and that contrary to reports elsewhere, the defender earns close to £100,000-a-week at Arsenal.
Fulham boss Marco Silva has made Cedric a priority signing in this window, viewing the Portugal international’s experience and versatility as a vital addition as the club look to push on following a fine start to life back in the Premier League.
They are seventh after nine wins and four draws from their opening 21 matches as they look to secure a second consecutive season in English football’s top flight for the first time since 2013-14.
Cedric has made just four appearances for Arsenal this season as manager Mikel Arteta has been largely reluctant to change a winning team with seven players starting every league match this term.
Silva and Cedric enjoyed a strong working relationship from their time together at Sporting CP — winning the Portuguese Cup together when Silva was manager in 2014-15.