Brazilian star deals transfer blow to Arsenal

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Arsenal have been dealt an apparent blow in their transfer window pursuit of Julio Cesar after the Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper admitted he would be interested in a summer move back to Italy.

Cesar is seemingly likely to leave Loftus Road before September's transfer deadline following QPR's relegation from the Premier League, and Arsenal has been touted as a likely destination for the Brazil international.

Arsenal are reported to be in the market for a new No.1 with Arsene Wenger having grown frustrated by the inconsistency of Wojciech Szczesny, and some bookmakers have Cesar listed as odds-on to move to the Emirates Stadium.

The 33-year-old impressed during his maiden campaign in English football - despite QPR being relegated - although may opt against remaining in London, in favour of a return to Italy.

Cesar spent seven seasons in Milan with Inter prior to his transfer to QPR and, amid suggestions he is a target for Roma, the Brazilian admits a move to the Italian capital would be appealing.

"If I have a good performance in this competition, many things might change for me and my future," Cesar told reporters.

"By having a good competition and being champions, more clubs might be interested in me.

"I have been fully focused on the Confederations Cup since it started and will let my future be decided by the people that represent me.

"I will not be closing the door on Italian football, as they embraced me eight years ago and allowed me to reach the peak of my career.

"It would be good to return to Italian football, knowing the league and the language.

"Rome is a beautiful city and I won't rule that out as a possibility."

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