Arsenal remain a 'concrete option' for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after the Brazilian's proposed transfer to Napoli broke down over a discrepancy in salary expectations.
Cesar has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal following QPR's relegation from the Premier League, but appeared set to lose out on the former Inter Milan No.1 after Napoli entered the running to sign him.
Napoli's desire to recruit the Brazil international, however, was extinguished after the president of the Italian club Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to match the wages the player receives from his current employers.
"In Italy recently I have only spoken to Napoli," Josias Cardoso, Cesar's agent, told Calciomercato.it.
"President Aurelio De Laurentiis wanted him, but didn’t want to pay Julio’s current wages.
"He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and after a great Confederations Cup performance he showed his desire to come back to Italy by demanding nothing more.
"It would’ve been normal for someone in his position to ask for a pay rise, but he didn’t."
Along with Napoli, Cesar has also been linked with a return to Italy by joining either AC Milan or Roma, but the interest of the two clubs has cooled in recent weeks.
This has seemingly placed Arsenal in pole position to sign the 33-year-old, with Arsene Wenger keen to sign an experienced 'keeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for the No.1 jersey.
"Is there still hope of seeing him in Italy? If I don’t have official contact with a club, then I cannot have hope.
"I recently have not had contact with Milan or Roma. Arsenal remain a concrete option."