Arsenal could be set for a shock move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The Gunners were believed to be closing in on QPR shot-stopper Julio Cesar but will have to wait until the player returns from his holiday after representing Brazil in the Confederations Cup. Arsene Wenger does not want to wait that long.
He sees the current goalkeeping situation as a minor priority and wants to get it sorted before focusing on more important investments in defensive midfield and upfront.
Cesar was meant to mentor Szczesny to help the young Pole develop as a keeper and was considered a short-term option but with Tim Krul only 25, his arrival could have serious consequences for Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski. Vito Mannone has already been given the axe with a £3 million to Sunderland and either Polish ‘keeper could be next a bid for Krul expected.
Newcastle’s slim survival last season could tempt the Dutch international for a move away, especially to a Champions League club and Wenger hopes a small bid of only £6 million will be enough to lure the talented goalie to the Emirates.
Wojciech Szczesny’s future has been in doubt ever since he was dropped for the crucial Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. He won his place back and remains the club’s current number one and so should Wenger bring in another GK, then Fabianski would be the more likely candidate to face the chop with interest from Turkey noted.
However Krul would be a completely different signing to Cesar with the Brazilian meant to tutor Szczesny for the next couple of years while Krul would be a direct competition for the Pole with only two years between the players.
There have been no major signings for the Gunners as of yet, with Yaya Sanogo the only arrival, and Wenger is starting to get anxious and can not wait for Cesar’s holiday to end, opting for Krul instead.