Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been the subject of intense transfer speculation now that his club’s Championship fate has been sealed.
The Brazilian is not thought to be keen on playing in the English second tier, with Arsenal emerging as the frontrunner to seal his signature – according to the Daily Express.
QPR’s marquee signing under Mark Hughes is also thought to be on Liverpool’s radar, after an unconvincing season from the once-proficient Jose Reina.
Cesar’s advisor, Josias Cardoso, said: “I want to emphasize that anyone who is interested in him needs to talk with QPR first, since his contract with the London club expires in 2016.”
Cardoso insisted that there was no deal in place as of yet, and rumours surrounding Cesar’s future at this stage are of little substance.
Queens Park Rangers are facing a mass exodus of players on unsustainable salaries, and recently arrived Cesar is reported to be one of the club’s top earners.
The former Inter Milan shot-stopper has produced some mixed performances since his summer transfer from Italy, but clearly the glimpses of quality have not gone unnoticed.
Despite only arriving in London a year ago, the 33-year-old has endured a couple of controversial moments.
Last week – at countryman and friend David Luiz’s birthday party – Cesar was pictured wearing a Chelsea shirt; much to the annoyance of Rangers fans.
The club’s head of media and communications, Ian Taylor, said: “The club will be dealing with the issue internally.”