Arsenal set to lose to Napoli in race to sign Julio Cesar

Arsenal have struggled to find themselves a consistent top quality goalkeeper in the last few seasons to help fix some of the defensive issues that have cost the team trophies in recent years.

But The Gunners quest to find a first class keeper look set to continue as QPR keeper Julio Cesar is set for a move back to Italy instead of staying in London.

This is because Napoli are set to sign the Brazilian on a season long loan and are expected to pay the player nearly £1.8million a year.

The news has come as a blow to The Gunners who had been labelled as one of the favourites to sign the keeper following QPR’s relegation at the end of last season.

Arsenal were thought to have been ready to seal the deal but the club had struggled to agree a fee with QPR`which Napoli have reportedly successfully done already.

Despite what seems like an initial setback for Arsenal, The Gunners could still be in the race to sign Julio Cesar as the club are able to meet his demands of receiving a £2.4million annual salary.

Should the Brazilian decide to move to Napoli, it would mark the second time that he would have played in Serie A having already spent 8 years of his career playing for Chievo and Inter Milan.

It was his spell at Inter which really catapulted the player into the international spotlight notching up 300 appearances at the San Siro winning 5 Serie A titles and also being shortlisted for the Ballon D’Or.

It was only last year when the Brazilian managed to make the jump to England joining QPR on a 4 year deal where he made 26 appearances for the club last season.

But with QPR getting relegated, Cesar had been granted permission to speak to clubs in a bid to continue playing top-flight football.

It seems though that Italy would have always been the preferred choice for Cesar following that he liked the thought of playing in a league that he knows well. This was compounded in an interview with Sky Sports Italia where the Brazilian stated that “it would be good to return to Italian football, knowing the league and the language.”

With Julio Cesar keen on a move back to Italy and Napoli having agreed a fee with QPR, it seems that Arsenal will need to readjust their sights in their quest to sign a world class goalkeeper.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!