Arsenal’s transfer window has been a frustrating affair so far, with the lack of high profile incomings at the Emirates leaving fans questioning the benefit of the new financial firepower claimed by their directors.
However the latest player they seemed to have missed out on is not someone they would have needed to flex their financial muscle to sign, and that makes it all the more bizarre that Arsenal have reportedly pulled out of a move for QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
The Brazilian is apparently available for around £2.5million, a bargain price in a window where transfer fees have spiraled away from anything close to good value in many cases.
Cesar might have been on high wages at QPR, but it is unlikely that Arsenal were unable to afford him, and the 33-year-old would surely have been willing to negotiate for a chance to play for the Gunners next season.
It looks like a move that could have benefitted all parties. QPR are keen to remove his wages from their books, Cesar wants to play at a high profile club to help secure a place at the World Cup next summer, and Arsenal are in need of an experienced keeper at a reasonable price after Wojciech Szczesny’s poor season.
Cesar was excellent in the Premier League last year even as QPR were relegated, and he has all the experience you could ever require of playing at the top level. At 33, he could still offer several seasons at his best for Arsenal, and Cesar would certainly be an upgrade on their existing options.
Instead he nows looks close to agreeing a move to Fiorentina, who are having an excellent summer in the transfer market picking up bargains like Joaquin, Mario Gomez and Josip Ilicic, who should all have also been considered by Premier League sides.
Arsenal fans, why do you think you have pulled out of a move for Julio Cesar?
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