Julio Cesar’s transfer from QPR to Arsenal looks imminent as major betting companies, like Sky Bet and Paddy Power have suspended betting on the transfer. When a bet is suspended, it is normally because an outcome has been reached therefore suggestions have been surfacing that a deal has been reached.
Cesar joined QPR from Italian giants Inter Milan last summer on a free transfer and was one of very few highlights for the club as they were eventually relegated, however the goalkeepers performances have not gone unnoticed with moves back to Italy and Brazil have been regularly reported, however so has his link with Arsenal.
Cesar remains Brazil’s first choice keeper and is expected to play in next summers World Cup as the host nation as well as the Confederations Cup is just under three weeks. The ‘keeper also had high success in his seven years at Inter Milan, being part of the team that won the historic treble under Jose Mourinho.
His move to Loftus Road was a big shock in the world of football but his performances were not as he single handedly secured three points against Chelsea in January 2013 but couldn’t prevent the club from finish bottom of the Premier League.
The club’s relegation also confirmed that Cesar would leave the club with plenty of clubs vying for his signature that would offer the player a better season playing in more challenging competitions, in a better squad earning a better wage.
The goalie recently expressed his desire to remain in London. “I would like to stay in English football because I enjoy London a lot, it’s a great city to live in, I love the Premier League”. With Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea arguably the three biggest London clubs, it would seems a transfer to either of these would be a preferable destination, however Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris seem to be their respective club’s number one for the upcoming season while question marks still hang over Wojciech Szczesny.
The young Pole started last season as the firm choice as goalkeeper but after injury, Vito Mannone stepped in. A series of mediocre displays saw Szczesny dropped in favour of Lukasz Fabianski. Szczesny reclaimed his place towards the end of the season but Arsenal have been linked with several goalkeepers with Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes, Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic all named but Cesar link with the Gunners remains the strongest.
The transfer would suit both parties with the transfer fee being relatively low, the goalkeeper still performing to a high standard but coming to the end of his career meaning Szczesny won’t be playing as second choice for long. The young goalkeeper could also learn a lot from a player who is a very experienced international with 26 titles.