One area Arsenal have been perpetually linked with improving this summer has been the goalkeeping department.
The list of names linked with a move to The Emirates this summer include the likes of Simon Mignolet, Victor Valdes, Rui Patricio, Pepe Reina, Asmir Begovic, Rene Adler, Tim Krul … and, I imagine a few others.
Toward the tail of last season, Arsene Wenger dropped the clubs number one custodian Wojciech Szczesny - after what was a streak of below-par performances.
His compatriot Lukas Fabianski, recently returned from severe and persistent ankle trouble, stepped up and did pretty well at first.
Then the injury prone stopper crashed into a goalpost and fractured his rib - once again he was injured.
This rather worrying goalkeeping situation fuelled rumours of an addition in the summer - but so far the club has not moved on such a deal.
The likes of Mignolet, Reina, Valdes and Patricio have all move on elsewhere since as Wenger starts to lose options by the day.
There are now some reports that Wenger is happy to go with Szczesny again next season - after he spoke of his future at the club glowingly earlier in the week.
But if they were after a stopper this summer then their last hope is Brazilian number one stopper Julio Cesar. He will not want to play Championship football for QPR in a World Cup year and that has seen him openly talk of a move away.
These rumours have recently died down, because if Arsenal wanted him, surely they would have him by now.
In that time it became clear he was going to return to Italy, with ambitious side Fiorentina ready to bring him in.
But hold the press, because that deal is now off.
The Serie A sides sporting director, Daniele Prade, has categorically ruled out the acquisition of the QPR player.
“We can dismiss the Julio Cesar option. That is because that transfer is not feasible. We are happy with the two goalkeepers who we have right now and we are evaluating things on a daily basis.’’
At 33-years-old, and with a wealth of experience at the highest level of the game, it is bizarre Arsenal have not yet made a move for the player, especially with his desire to remain a Londoner.
And with QPR’s previously no-go stance to loan deals thawing, with Loic Remy and Adel Taarabt recently agreeing temporary spells away, it seems a no-brainer.
Unless of course Wenger is happy with his current options, in which case Cesar is struggling to find himself a new team for next season.
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