WHO IS CEDRIC SOARES? Has tactical discipline, dynamic, relentless and most importantly... he benched Cancelo at Euro 2016
Sprinting on the wing and then putting in an assist for the team of Luciano Spalletti. This is how Inter envision the future with Cedric Soares. The operation was close very quickly, like “lighting” as his nickname and the Portuguese will soon be available to the coach.
Inter are being cautious on the right flank where the club is not convinced due to the physical problems that Sime Vrsaljko has had. As a result, Suning has given Spalletti an immediate alternative, a right back that is completely different from those who are already on this team, one that has rich international experience. Furthermore, the formula and transfer fee are acceptable and within the parameters of UEFA FFP which is still ongoing until June. Overall, it was an operation conducted in silence and it was quickly close with Southampton.
A figure of less than €1M will go to the English club for the loan while redemption is set at €10M-€11M. These economic terms immediately favored Cedric Soares over Matteo Darmian on whom, United are asking for €4M loan, plus another €8M later on. Inter hope that Cedric’s performances will remove any doubt in these months, something that Vrsaljko has not managed to do and for him, the Nerazzurri need €17.5M.
If the Croatian was World Cup runner-up, we are talking about a European champion with Portugal in 2016. Cedric was their starter then and also at the World Cup when Fernando Santos decided to play him, leaving behind Joao Cancelo, the last Portuguese to conquer the right wing of Inter.
Compared to his predecessor who is at Juventus today, Cedric is less flashy but more dynamic. Running and tactical discipline are some of his best features, together with great foot work. The Portuguese is right footed but he can cross the ball using both feet: if you are looking for videos of him, you will find a nice free kick against Manchester United in the shirt of Saints. It is not like he can score like that every week (only two goals in England), but you can see the quality of touches which can be useful for building up play from the back. This is something that Spalletti desperately needs and a limit of D’Ambrosio.
Defensively, he provided great security to Fernando Santos, allowing only 1 goal in the last 4 games in Euro 2016. His dynamism and desire to fight can be seen from over 100 appearances in the Premier League in 3 and a half seasons (arrived from Sporting for €7M in 2015).
Soares has a small physique, standing at only 171 centimeters and was untouchable until the arrival of Ralph Hasenhüttl, former coach of Leipzig. The Austrian’s go-to formation is 3-5-2 with two attacking players wide in the midfield: Cedric lost his space and the coach gave the ok to sell him. Inter, who followed him back in 2016, and Marotta, who considered him as replacement for Dani Alves at Juve, immediately took the opportunity.