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Villarreal planning an offer for Arsenal defender

Cedric is reluctant to leave Arsenal this summer.

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Villarreal are planning an offer for Arsenal right-back, Cedric which is expected to arrive very soon.

The Spanish side have held informal talks with Cedric’s representatives over a potential transfer this summer, with a formal bid expected to arrive shortly.

The Portuguese right-back is reluctant to leave North London this summer as he believes he could get a chance to play Champions League football at the Gunners next season. Cedric is also on £70k-per-week with a year left on his Arsenal contract and it’s unlikely he would be willing to take a pay cut ahead of next season.

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Mikel Arteta held talks with the 31-year-old last week explaining he wasn’t in his plans for the upcoming season. The Arsenal boss reiterated that point by leaving him out of the squad that has travelled to the United States for the pre-season tour. Despite this, Cedric is still determined to fight for his place at the Emirates Stadium.

However things could change if Villarreal come in with a former offer with Arsenal ready to accept a minimal fee to let the player leave this summer. The Yellow Submarines are in the Europa League next season which could convince Cedric that a move to Spain is the smart choice, where he will definitely get more minutes than if he decides to stay in North London.

Cedric is one of many players expected to leave Arsenal over the next few weeks. Albert Sambi Lokonga is wanted by Burnley, with Kieran Tierney’s future still undecided. Folarin Balogun is also attracting a lot of interest from clubs around Europe with the young striker expected to generate a fee of around £50million which will help Arsenal continue their summer spending later in the window.

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