Manchester United & Arsenal in battle for Brazilian stopper

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Manchester United and Arsenal are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to reports.

The Sun claims both clubs have set their sights on the QPR stopper, who has impressed at Loftus Road this term despite the west London club’s troubles at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to replace David De Gea at Old Trafford, according to the report, with the Manchester United manager losing faith in the youth Spaniard.

De Gea arrived at the Red Devils for a hefty fee back in the summer of 2011, and despite improved performances this term, the jury remains out on his long-term credentials for last season’s domestic runners-up.

The 33-year-old has the ‘pedigree’ that Manchester United are looking for, and he’s proved himself in the past on both the international stage and in Europe with Inter Milan.

However, competition for Cesar’s signature comes in the shape of Arsenal, who are eager to keep the former Flamengo starlet in the English capital.

Indeed, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is losing faith in current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny, according to the report, and is making checks on the five-time Serie ‘A’ winner as a potential replacement for the Pole.

It’s unclear how much Arsenal would have to pay to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium however, and a deal would need to be struck in the next week if the move is to take place in the current transfer window.

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