Arsenal’s goalkeeping woes continued last season as even the reliant Wojciech Szczesny showed signs of inconsistency and eventually lost his place in the side to Lukasz Fabianski. While Fabianski impressed in place of his international colleague, Wenger doesn’t view the Pole as a long-term replacement and instead plans to bring in a new number one.
The North London side have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far, but they have started making some progress over signing a new ‘keeper. They have been mainly linked with Pepe Reina and Julio Cesar so far but Wenger has zeroed in on the latter to stand in between the sticks at Emirates from next season onwards.
According to Metro, Arsenal are finally set to confirm their admiration for Cesar by submitting a bid in excess of £1.5 million to the Hoops, who are ready to listen to offers for the Brazilian. The 33-year-old earns a massive £70,000-a-week wages and in order to balance the books being a Championship club, QPR are consigned to losing him for a meagre transfer fee.
If Arsenal can indeed land the former Inter Milan goalkeeper for less than £2 million, it would represent a major coup. Cesar is Brazil’s number one goalkeeper with more than 70 caps to his name and has won five league titles as well as the Champions League during his time in Italy with Inter.
He was one of the few players whose reputation still seemed intact as QPR endured a horrendous season to finish bottom of the league despite signing some decent players last summer. One of those signings was Cesar, who actually impressed for QPR and it is only a matter of time before he leaves to play for a top club.
In jump Arsenal, who are on the lookout for a new number one and have identified Cesar as the man to keep shut-outs for them. The Gunners do not except any hassles in their attempts to sign the goalkeeper and hope to conclude the deal swiftly.