Arsenal will look to complete the signing of Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after the Confederations Cup final on sunday between Brazil and Spain.Arsene Wenger wants an experienced goalkeeper to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny.
Talks between the Gunners and Cesar’s representatives have already taken place but the move has been placed on hold due to the experienced shot-stopper’s international commitments.
Arsenal have two scouts at the Confederations Cup and are well aware that Cesar is available following QPR’s relegation to the Championship. They have also been monitoring Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic but either of those options would be likely to cost in excess of £10 million.
According to DailyMail ,Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains confident of landing the 33-year-old in a cut-price switch when he returns from international duty.
At 33, Cesar’s fee is expected to be around only £1.5million but he would be seen as someone who could come straight into the team and also develop Szczesny and Fabianksi, who both finished last season strongly.
Roma are interested in bringing the Selecao international back to the Serie A but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be confident of tying up a deal for the player.
While at Inter Milan, Cesar positioned himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Between 2007-10, he kept 50 clean sheets in Serie A. Now that’s a result of the entire defense working together, but it’s also a testament to Cesar’s quality as well.
Then following the 2010 World Cup, the Brazilian goalkeeper started to decline a bit. Brazil as a whole was underwhelming, and Cesar appeared to have lost some confidence. His form also took a tumble as Inter struggled after Jose Mourinho’s departure.
When he signed for QPR, Cesar was still a bit of a wild card. The skeptics were proven foolish, as the 33-year-old demonstrated he’s still got more than enough in the tank to remain a first-choice goalkeeper with some dazzling performances amidst a general malaise at the club.
Regarding the possible move, you have to factor in what Szczesny would be able to learn from Cesar. He’s never really had the kind of figure at Arsenal that would have been able to mentor him in the way that Cesar can. The Brazilian has a ton of experience and won just about everything that a goalkeeper can. There is a great amount of wisdom that he would be able to share with Szczesny.
In a couple of years, Cesar’s time at Arsenal would likely be coming to a close. By then a 25-year-old Szczesny would be plenty ready to become a leader at the club and fully prepared and confident enough to handle starting duties each and every week.
Do you want to see him in Arsenal colors?