Serie A outfit 'accelerate' bid for Arsenal goalkeeper target

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AS Roma are reportedly speeding up their pursuit of Arsenal target Julio Cesar of QPR.

One area of improvement that Arsenal need to make in regards to player recruitment this summer is in between the sticks.

Last term Wojciech Szczesny and his uber-confident façade got a bit of a pasting. A poor campaign resulted in him being dropped for compatriot Lukasz Fabianski toward the end of the season.

His Polish under-study came in and showed glimpses of recovering the sort of form that originally got the attention of Arsenal when he was a young custodian at Legia Warsaw.

However his Achilles heel has always been an inability to remain fit; and a collision with a post against Norwich City saw him fracture a rib and Szczesny reclaim the number one spot.

As for Vito Mannone; he has been linked with a move back to Italy after failing to have a lasting effect on the first-team at The Emirates.

With that in mind The Gunners have been linked with a plethora of goalkeeping talent this summer. Simon Mignolet, Rui Patricio, Victor Valdes, Rene Adler, Marc Andre ter Stegen, Pepe Reina and QPR stopper Julio Cesar.

Cesar was arguably the only shining light in QPR’s doomed 2012-13 season (unless you are one of those that found Clint Hill’s passionate but continually bumbling and clumsy defending admirable) and that has undeniably attracted much interest in his services.

Cesar is said to be keen on remaining in the Premier League; but essentially he is likely to go anywhere as long as it does not involve him playing second tier football.

So despite rumours that The Gunners had completed a deal emanating from Italy a month ago there is now a new rhetoric; involving Cesar returning to Italy.

The 33-year-old Brazilian international spent seven years with Inter Milan and Chievo in Italy previously and new AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia is said to be keen on bringing him back to the boot peninsula.

Now reports from Italian source TMW claim that those negotiations have ‘accelerated’ and that the Giallorossi are just ‘a step away’ from tying down a deal for the player.

With The Gunners already missing out on Mignolet and Valdes their options are growing increasingly limited and according to today’s reports Roma look ready to beat them to Cesar.

However they certainly have a string in their bow. It is well documented that Cesar wants to continue in England so if Arsenal really did see Cesar as the man for the job any offer would likely fall on kind ears.

Do you think Arsenal should fight Roma for Cesar? Or turn their attention elsewhere?

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