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Arsenal deal for Brazil goalkeeper unlikely, says QPR boss

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Premier League club Arsenal have been amending their transfer senses in recent times, as they are hoping to make a few changes to their side this summer.

The Gunners are currently holding on to the fourth place in the table, maintaining a delicate one-point lead over their rivals Tottenham. But they have experienced some challenges at the back this season, especially when it comes to their last line of defence.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has had no option but to rotate his goalkeepers throughout the campaign, following a series of injuries and loss of form.

Wojciech Szczesny, Vito Mannone and Lukasz Fabianski have consequently all played between the goal-posts for the Frenchman’s starting line-up this year, but the coach has yet to put his full thrust in any of them.

With Arsenal’s hunt for new goalkeepers still very much on course, a number of shot-stoppers have been tinged by their radar, and among the potent contestant to land at the Emirates Stadium this summer is Brazi 'keeper Julio Cesar.

The ex-Inter Milan star is presently enduring a horrible end of season with his team, Queens Park Rangers. The Hoops will be playing their very last Premier League encounter of 2013 away to Liverpool on Sunday.

QPR’s relegation status is sealed at the bottom with 25 points and a goal difference of -29. Nevertheless, knowing how important it is for his player to perform at the top level, tactician Harry Redknapp expects nothing but the departure of Cesar during the summer transfer window.

“Julio is the Brazilian national goalkeeper and obviously [he] wants to play at the top level,” the QPR coach told West London Sport. “It [QPR's relegation] is a problem for him. He wants to play for Brazil in the [2014] World Cup and playing in the Championship is not going to help him.”

But asked about the possibilities of Cesar joining Arsenal, Redknapp appeared to turn down any sign of positivity in the idea: “Where’s he going? Arsenal?

“Maybe. [But] Arsene Wenger’s never phoned me,” he clarified.

 

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