Road Clear For Arsenal To Sign Brazilian

julio_cesar_portiere_interNapoli’s capture of Liverpool ‘keeper Pepe Reina on loan has given Arsenal fresh hope of a deal for Julio Cesar.

The Brazilian goalie has been linked with the Gunners all summer with a move seemingly inevitable but Napoli emerged as favourites last weekend after productive talks over a season long loan.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp ruled out temporary moves but a move looked likely however a disagreement over personal terms saw the move break down. Cesar is unwilling to drop his current salary of £70,000-a-week, a figure Napoli were refusing to match.

The disagreement urged Napoli boss Rafa Benitez to look elsewhere and he managed to strike a deal with his old club to secure a loan move for Reina. Liverpool’s purchase of Simon Mignolet had angered Reina and he wanted to move away, with hope of moving to Barcelona next summer with Victor Valdes set to leave.

Reina’s move to Italy puts Napoli out of the market for a goalkeeper giving Arsenal a straightforward path to sign the Brazilian. Arsene Wenger is willing to meet the high wages of the goalkeeper and wants to tie him down to a two year deal to help mentor current ‘keepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, however it is understood that Fabianski would be keen to leave should the club acquire another player in his position.

Wenger was unhappy with some of Szczesny’s performances last season and wants competition for him. He still wants the Pole to be the club’s goalkeeper for the foreseeable future but believes Cesar’s introduction could make him focus more while teach him more aspects of the game.


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