Media reports are coming thick and fast about Arsenal’s transfer activity in this summer window, and the most recent player to be linked is Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who declared his intentions of staying in England, and his love for London in particular.
Cesar was part of the Rangers squad that was relegated from the Barclays Premier League this season. He joined the club from Inter Milan in the summer window as part of the desperate attempt by owner Tony Fernandes to save the club from dropping a division. The club made many signings in the winter window too, and despite having a great side on paper under the leadership of Harry Redknapp, they could not avoid relegation.
The Brazilian made his intentions clear when relegation was mathematically confirmed, and was supported by Redknapp in his wishes. Naturally, while playing for a club deeply rooted in the 20th spot in the league, Cesar’s contract must have a clause which states that if relegation happens, the player will be allowed to leave the club if an offer came in.
This report comes as bad news for the Rangers fans, but could solve Arsenal’s everlasting goalkeeping dilemma. Ever since the times of David Seaman and Jens Lehmann, the Gunners have struggled to stabilize the goalkeeping position, with young keepers like Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski coming in, but not providing long term solutions for the club.
For the record, Cesar started his career in Brazil, when he played for Flamengo in 1998. The 33-year old made the move to Europe when Inter Milan came calling in 2005, where he played 228 matches. The Brazilian international represented Rangers on 26 occasions, while Fernandes will now look to Rob Green to take up the position at the London club.
According to DailyMail, Cesar recently spoke to reporters stating his wishes to stay in England, and revealing his newfound love for the city of London. While assuming that by saying London, Cesar meant Arsenal, it is noteworthy that the club’s supporters have been demanding a top class goalkeeper with experience for the past few years.
Cesar said, “’I want to stay in England. I am enjoying London and I love the Premier League.”
“There are indeed talks with some teams, but nothing definitive.”
“This is the Confederations Cup moment, I have to focus on doing good work for the national team.”
“I won’t name the teams as it would not be ethical since I am under contract with Queens Park Rangers. I let people responsible for my career deal with it.”