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Southampton's Cedric Soares targeted by Manchester City - sources

Cedric Soares
Cedric Soares has made 20 Premier League appearances this season.

Manchester City are tracking Southampton defender Cedric Soares as they look to bolster their defensive options next season, sources close to the Etihad Stadium club have told ESPN FC.

City boss Pep Guardiola has made a new right-back one of his top priorities this summer and sources have told ESPN FC that Portugal international Soares figures on his wanted list.

Current City right-backs Bacary Sagna, 34, and Pablo Zabaleta, 32, are both out of contract this summer and they could both leave as they have yet to be offered new deals.

City have been credited with an interest in Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Tottenham's Kyle Walker, but the club realise it would be hard to prise away either of those two from their direct rivals and Soares may be more a realistic option.

Soares, 25, has impressed at Southampton this season, making 20 Premier League appearances and recording one assist.

The former Sporting Lisbon player has established himself as a key man at St Mary's since his arrival in the summer of 2015 and he was handed a new deal until 2020 last summer.

Southampton are keen to keep hold of the Euro 2016 winner, but they are bracing themselves for interest in Soares this summer with City and several other big clubs keeping tabs on his progress.

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