2013 has been quite a year for Julio Cesar.
He starred for Brazil in their stunning Confederations Cup win, which saw him keep a clean sheet in their 3-0 final blitz of Spain.
Yet now six months on he finds himself unwanted at Championship side QPR, with even Robert Green preferred in front of him.
It was surprising he did not clinch a move away on loan over the summer, perhaps if he knew he would not play then he would have compromised his own wage demands.
Arsenal were a side strongly linked with him, but their goalkeeping situation has been ironed out with Wojciech Szczesny holding down the number one spot.
One goalkeeper to leave the Emirates in the summer after seven years contracted to the Gunners - punctuated by three loan spells with Barnsley and Hull (twice).
He signed as a free agent with Sunderland, where he has finally broken into the first team as of November, becoming new manager Gus Poyet's first choice.
Now it appears that could be under threat, with The Mail reporting Sunderland are in for Julio Cesar.
The paper write: "Beleaguered Poyet is exploring ways to bolster his side, who sit five points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table, and has identified vastly experienced Cesar as someone who could trigger a revival."
Cesar is certainly a player who could add talent to Sunderland's team, but as he showed at QPR last season his presence will be no assurance of survival.
It would be a short-term fix for Sunderland, but one which if pays off will be worthwhile - but Sunderland already have two goalkeepers in Jordan Pickford and Keiran Westwood on board in addition to Mannone.
For the Italian, bringing in another goalkeeper just when he is getting a run in the side would be a real hammer blow to his season - but there is one way to prevent that.
He has two clean sheets in the five games he has started. A few more of those between now and January and Poyet may reconsider signing Brazil's number one.
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