Cesar exit would represent closure on a painful chapter of Rangers' history.
The Brazil No1 was signed at the height of Rangers’ prolific transfer spending of 2012, when the club’s then manager Mark Hughes embarked on a high-profile transfer spree. The results were, of course, catastrophic, with Rangers now in the Championship.
But since last season’s relegation, QPR have made an admirable attempt to transform their wage bill and their public image. Under new manager Harry Redknapp, they have gone about shifting their high-earning flops, and bringing in assured Premier League performers. For every Chris Samba out the door, there has been a Richard Dunne coming the other way.
Cesar, however, has remained stuck at Loftus Road – partly through his own stubbornness to lower his wage demands, which are reported to be ludicrously high. No other club was prepared to match what the goalkeeper currently earns in west London.
But now, finally, it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel, both for Cesar and QPR. When asked if Cesar could be about to leave, Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes told Sky Sports: “I think so. It’s a waste for someone with such immense talent not playing and I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so I'm sure someone will pick him up.”
That “someone” could well be Serie A side Cagliari, whose owner Massimo Cellino confirmed there had been contact: “I spoke to Julio Cesar who is not playing at QPR and wants to go to the World Cup. He told me that he knows the team and would return to Italy.”
With Cagliari seemingly keen to do a deal and QPR certainly desperate to see the back of Cesar, it seems the Brazil goalkeeper could finally be set for the exit door.
QPR will not feel the effect of his departure, with first-choice keeper Rob Green – who had been ludicrously usurped by Cesar - continuing to play impressively, perhaps even well enough to force his way into the England set-up.
It is hard to escape the conclusion that QPR want Cesar out simply to shut the door on an embarrassing chapter in their history. Cesar remains a very expensive elephant in the room, and only when he moves on can the club say they have left their transfer madness behind.
Financially, of course, they are still paying the consequences of recent transfer windows, but this would be another step in the right direction.
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