Arsenal face late competition from Barcelona as they look to close in on their second transfer of the summer. The Gunners have been linked with a goalkeeper since the end of the season and a move for QPR’s Julio Cesar is rumoured to be ‘almost done’, however the Catalans have registered late interest, which could yet scupper a deal.
Cesar, who joined QPR from Italian giants Inter Milan last summer, helped Brazil claim their third consecutive Confederations Cup on Sunday and his performances interested the likes of AC Milan and Roma as well as the La Liga champions.
QPR’s relegation to the Championship all but confirms Cesar’s departure from Loftus Road and Arsenal have been strongly linked as his next destination. However, Barcelona are also keen to recruit a goalkeeper ahead of Victor Valdes’ exit next summer when his contract expires.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen is expected to sign for the Blaugrana but sent back to the Bundesliga on a season long loan. With a price of just £2.5 million, Cesar is certainly available at a bargain price with only a few more years left at the top level.
His recent performances for Brazil in the Confederations Cup show he still has the talent to excel at a top club as he claimed the Golden Glove as well as keeping an impressive clean sheet against European and World champions Spain.
The Gunners remain favourites to sign the shot-stopper with advanced talks held with the player and his representatives and Cesar’s preference to remain in London. A deal to the Emirates is still expected to be completed despite late intervention from Barcelona.
Cesar would be Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following Yaya Sanogo’s arrival from Auxerre on a free transfer and is likely to be followed by Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival from Real Madrid.