Arsenal target ponders Roma move

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Arsenal were set to bring Julio Cesar to the Emirates from QPR, but Roma have intervened in a bid to bring the goalkeeper back to the country where he has spent most of his career.

The Sun reports Roma have expressed their interest in signing the 33-year-old from QPR, who wants to leave Loftus Road after an embarrassing campaign which saw them relegated after spending vast amount on top quality players such as Cesar.

As one of the players that QPR could do with offloading from their wage bill, it seems to fit that the Brazilian should leave.

Currently on international duty, Cesar will play for Brazil against Spain, in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday and it wouldn't be surprising if these teams were to face each other in next year's World Cup final either.

But once Cesar returns, he will have to make a decision on his future.

The battle for him involves some of Europe's biggest teams but one of the main questions he faces is whether to stay in London - where he is reported as being happy - or to return to Italy where he enjoyed many years of success with Inter Milan. 

If the Brazilian made the choice to come to London, and leave Italy, then it seems fit that he would stay in London and join Arsenal if he were happy. 

But his spell in the Premier League hasn't been a successful one thus far, and perhaps he would jump at the chance at returning to Serie A - a place of former glory.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of goalkeepers as they look to strengthen their first team after Wojciech Szczesny had an under-par season which saw him temporarily dropped from the first-team, to be replaced by the infamous, mistake-prone, Lukasz Fabianski.

An older 'keeper with much experience at international and European level, would provide the Gunners with a proven goalkeeper to help them mount a challenge for trophies.

Competition for Szczesny could improve his game, and someone for the young Polish 'keeper to learn from - because right now he has no one.

However, Roma also need a world-class goalkeeper if they are to reassert themselves at Europe's highest level, and Cesar has become their number one choice.


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