Southampton will look to permanently offload Cedric Soares when he returns from his loan spell at Inter Milan, according to a report from Calciomercato.

The Saints opted to loan the defender out to the Serie A giants during the January transfer window after he was deemed surplus to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s requirements.

Yan Valery has been favoured as the club’s first-choice right wing-back since Cedric’s temporary exit, and it doesn’t seem as though the Portugal international has a future at St Mary’s Stadium.

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After making only eight appearances for Inter since his the move, the defender is unlikely to be purchased by Luciano Spalletti’s side, who do not see fit to spend €11 million on the player when he, as Calciomercato states, is not an upgrade on their current options.

With the Milan club evidently unwilling to trigger their option to buy clause at the end of the season, Southampton will face a decision regarding Cedric’s future, and it appears he will be sold if a suitable offer is tabled.

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