Arsenal can ditch Cedric for Porro

Mikel Arteta is already close to agreeing to one January deal for Arsenal, with winger Mykhailo Mudryk looking set to join the north London outfit and give them a boost in the chase for the Premier League title.

This might not be the final piece of business conducted by the club this month either, with a midfielder and another forward likely to be high on Arteta’s wish list. However, recent reports from O Jogo (via Sport Witness) have linked the Gunners with a move for Sporting Lisbon right-back Pedro Porro, with the 23-year-old having a €45m (£40m) release clause in his contract.

A move for Porro could allow Arteta to ditch Cedric Soares, with the £75k-per-week defender playing just 119 minutes of first-team football this season. Fulham have been linked with a move for the 31-year-old, and this could free up some funds to sign the Sporting defender.

Cedric has found it hard to displace Ben White – who has moved from centre-back to a right-back berth this season – and Takehiro Tomiyasu, and a departure from the Emirates Stadium seems like the most logical move for him.

Porro has been in splendid form this term for Sporting, averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.2 across his 12 appearances in the league and underlining his attacking qualities by scoring once, registering five assists and creating six big chances.

He has also made 2.2 key passes and taken 2.5 shots per match, and these attack-minded qualities could work wonders in Arteta’s side.

The 23-year-old doesn’t shirk his defensive duties either when he is bombing down the wing, making 0.7 interceptions, 1.6 tackles and 0.8 clearances along with winning 4.5 duels (at a success rate of 50%) per match.

These statistics have led Porro to become one of the finest attacking full-backs on the continent, evidenced by his placement in the 96th percentile across Europe’s major leagues over the last 12 months for non-penalty goals, shots, assists, shot-creating actions and touches in the opposition penalty area.

It’s no wonder he has been lauded as a “special talent” by journalist Zach Lowy earlier this season, and by potentially luring him to England, Arteta could give him even more freedom to create plenty of chances for others at Arsenal while linking up well with Bukayo Saka on the right flank.

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