Arsenal goalkeeper target wants to stay in Europe
Arsenal transfer news: Julio Cesar could leave QPR - but won't return to Brazil - claims agent
The agent of Arsenal target Julio Cesar says the Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper is yet to make a decision on his future, but ruled out the possibility of his client returning to Brazil, reports Sky Sports.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, after arriving at Loftus Road from Inter Milan last summer.
Cesar's promising performances are believed to have caught the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to bring to the Emirates Stadium.
QPR's relegation back to the Championship was confirmed on Sunday, after they drew 0-0 with Reading at the Madejski Stadium, and now the Brazil international is expected to leave west London.
However, speculation suggesting Cesar will head back to his homeland have been played down by his representative, Josias Cardoso, who intimated the player's preference to remain in Europe.
"Everything said on the player's future is absolutely premature, there is still nothing concrete," he told Calciomercato.
"Julio wants a team that proves it has a focus on him, but anyone interested in him will have to talk first with QPR, because the contract with the London club expires in 2016."
Arsenal will face competition for Cesar's signature, though, with the South American stopper also linked with a return to Italy.
"In two weeks I should come to Europe to talk with Julio - but back to Brazil? I don't think so," Cardoso added.
"If QPR were to decide to sell Julio Cesar, I still see a European future for him."