CONFIRMED: Arsenal and City linked Julio Cesar makes shock loan move

The Brazil international has followed Jermain Defoe in moving to MLS side Toronto FC.

With the World Cup less than six months away, QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a man in dire need of game time before the competition in his homeland.

The former Inter goalkeeper was a shock signing for the Loftus Road club last summer, but has not been in Harry Redknapp’s favour this season.

With Robert Green the Championship side’s number one, Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper has been languishing on the bench of a Championship side for the last six months.

However, the talented stopper has been given a chance to play ahead of the World Cup with a surprise loan move to Toronto FC confirmed.

Cesar made 24 appearances in the Premier League last year, but did not make one outing for QPR this season.

Arsenal and Manchester City, amongst other big European clubs, have been linked with a move for the South American stopper, but the 34-year-old has confirmed his switch to Canada.

“We (found) an agreement, between me, QPR and my agent,” Cesar old the Toronto Star newspaper.

“My agent ... they were talking with them. We just (found) the best agreement between everyone so that's the reason I can sign with (Toronto).”

The Canadian side are managed by Cesar’s former QPR team-mate Ryan Nelsen, who played a significant role in bringing the Brazilian to the club.

“I keep in contact with a lot of ex-players and it was out of that an opportunity potentially that could arise that we could bring Julio here,” said Nelsen.

“As soon as I got a sniff of that, it didn't take long to register how important it would be to have a man like that.”

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