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Arsenal can still conduct transfer business for first-team player despite closure of market

Arsenal can still conduct transfer business for want-away star despite the close of the transfer market in England

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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta
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Arsenal defender Cedric Soares may find a new home in Turkey, even after the closure of the Premier League winter transfer window. 

The Turkish transfer window remains open until February 9, providing an extended opportunity for three Super Lig clubs to secure the services of the Portuguese player.

Cedric, 32, is in the final six months of his reported £75,000-a-week contract with Arsenal and has made only two first-team appearances this season. Despite spending the second half of the previous season on loan at Fulham, the versatile full-back failed to make a lasting impression, leading to his return to Arsenal.

With Cedric not featuring prominently in Mikel Arteta’s plans for both the short and long term at the Emirates, speculations are rife about his potential exit.

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Cedric Soares

Cedric Soares can still leave Arsenal despite the close of the transfer window (Image credit: Getty Images)

ESPN reports that Turkish giants Galatasaray, Besiktas, and Trabzonspor are keen on signing the former Southampton star, and with the extended transfer window, they have ample time to negotiate a deal.

Arsenal, eager to recoup the highest possible fee for Cedric, faces the risk of losing him for free this summer if a suitable deal is not orchestrated within the next eight days.

Despite being a regular in Arsenal’s recent matchday squads, Cedric has only made one start in the Champions League group game against PSV Eindhoven last month. Another brief appearance came in the Carabao Cup third-round match against Brentford, where he played three minutes to help secure a 1-0 victory.

Cedric has earned 34 caps for Portugal and was part of the squad that won Euro 2016. He has been discreet about his future throughout the season. He last publicly spoke in September, expressing his desire to stay in North London and emphasising the competitive spirit within the team.

In an interview with DAZN Portugal, Cedric stated, “We’re very supportive of each other, we’re a family, even when we’re not playing. Everyone wants to play, and I also always really want to play, that’s what makes me competitive in football.” He highlighted the importance of contributing to the team, even when not in the squad, showcasing the team-first mentality he developed during his time at Arsenal.

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