The celebrations of aiding in his country’s victorious Confederations Cup campaign may still be very much to the fore at present, but Brazilian goalkeeper Júlio César looks set to have more to celebrate if his likely move to Arsenal follows through.
Having suffered relegation with Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers, it was always a certainty that the one time Internazionle player would leave Loftus Road. And it is the club that he turned down in favour of QPR who are favourites to sign him.
César spoke in November last of how he turned down a move to The Emirates at the last minute. He said at the time: “I talked with Arsenal in the last transfer window, and they were really happy about me playing for them, but at the last minute I move to QPR.”
It is though, believed, that César is now willing to take this second opportunity to play under Arsene Wenger. AC Milan are also said to be interested in securing his services but the fact that a move to Arsenal would mean he could remain in London, could be pivotal in his decision.
Speaking after the 3-0 victory over world champions Spain in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, he said; “Now I have to do things right at my club so I can be considered for the World Cup.”
When pressed on whether he was happy in London, he said; “I love the city and I’m enjoying living there.” It’s not solid evidence of anything, but the feeling is that César would be content to stay where he is.
With competition from Fluminense’s keeper Diego Cavalieri and more so Botafogo’s Jefferson, a high profile stint at Arsenal could do his World Cup prospects no harm.
Whilst Redknapp might publicly be looking for more; privately and realistically a fee of between £1.5 and £2million would be likely to be accepted. QPR will be looking to get as many as their high earners off their books as they can, César among them, earning £70,000-a-week.
César’s agent Josias Cardosa has in recent weeks denied that a contract worth an estimated £4million a season was already signed between the player and Arsenal, but it is expected to happen in the coming weeks.
Wenger is said to want an experienced hand to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny. If the Brazilian does make the switch, Arsenal’s goalkeeping position will be a hotly contested one.