It was claimed earlier in the month that Julio Cesar was negotiating a transfer from QPR to another London-based Premier League club, widely suspected to be Arsenal.
Now those claims have progressed, with it reported in Italy that Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal for the former Inter Milan goalkeeper.
Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb published this evening:
"The Gunners have made the decisive move in the last hour, giving the Brazilian a two-year contract from 4 million per season: the agreement is expected (to be confirmed) in hours."
The report's heading uses the key Italian word 'scatto' in their headline QPR, scatto Arsenal per Julio Cesar - which literally translates as 'snap'. Another translation, more apt in this case is 'click' - as in, QPR and Arsenal 'click' for Cesar - to embellish, click into agreement.
As yet there has been no confirmation from either club, but if the above report is indeed correct then it may not be too long before there is one.
There are however no quotes to back up the claims, so it is best to treat them for now with a bit of scepticism.
The Brazilian is currently in his homeland preparing to face England with his country at the Maracana on Sunday.
This is likely to take priority over any transfer and we wouldn't actually expect any deal to be completed until next week at the earliest, even though his agent may well be busy behind the scenes.
Just yesterday (30/5), Cesar was quoted in The Mirror discussing his future.
"I am in negotiations with other clubs in England and from other countries but there’s still not been anything definitive. I am concentrating on Brazil, I still have a deal with QPR, but I also know I have to prove that I should be in the squad for the World Cup in 2014."
So could something have happened today at Arsenal's end to see them push through the deal?
We are only speculating here, but with the club confirming the release of 10 youth team players yesterday, they are clearly cleaning house and trimming the age bill getting ready for new additions.
The club were rumoured to be after Victor Valdes, but the Spaniard declared this morning that he will see out his Barcelona contract which ends in 2014 - meaning Arsenal may well have intensified their pursuit of other targets.
Cesar had a positive season at QPR on a personal level despite their relegation, showing no trouble in adapting to the Premier League. The Hoops are also keen to cash in on him and remove his £70,000 weekly earnings from their own wage bill.
At 33, Cesar brings with him experience of playing in a World Cup, and is a Champions League winner with Inter Milan. He is a good age for Wojciech Szczesny to learn from while not hampering him in the long-term.
As always we'd remain cautious, we aren't endorsing this one as fact ourselves, simply relaying what has been reported. Whether anything develops on this is one to watch over the coming few days.
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