Arsenal handed Premier League transfer lifeline from Brazilian star
Arsenal transfer news: Julio Cesar wants to stay in Premier League despite AC Milan rumours
Arsenal have been handed a transfer lifeline in their pursuit of Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
The 33-year-old stopper has been a shining light at Queen’s Park Rangers this season, producing a string of impressive displays despite the club’s precarious Premier League position.
And, the former Inter Milan star admits he’s fallen in love with England, and wants to stay in the top flight on these shores.
"I'm enamoured by Italy, but England has really won me over. I like everything here: the stadiums, the people. The supporters are incredible, if a player has the opportunity to play in the Premier League he must go, it is an exciting experience,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I have clear ideas for my future: I want to stay in the Premier League, I want to win the Confederations Cup and I want to win the World Cup."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was linked with a move for the player during the January transfer window, but was dealt a blow only last week when Goal.com claimed the player was set to join AC Milan at the end of the season.
That no longer appears to be the case though, and Cesar hasn’t given up complete hope of the Hoops somehow surviving the drop this season.
"As long as we have hope, then I will too, although I know the difficulties of the situation. We have taken 11 new players; it takes time to create a group. But Harry Redknapp is doing good work," he added.
However, the Premier League table shows that the Loftus Road outfit are seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining, and relegation is a very realistic probability.
And, were QPR to go down, then clubs in the top flight now know that Cesar’s available.
Arsenal, with their frailties at the No.1 spot previously exposed at the Emirates Stadium and interest in the player shown as recently as January, are a possible future destination.