Arsenal target set for Serie A move

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Arsenal are set to miss out on Julio Cesar after reports in Italy claimed the Brazilian is close to signing for Fiorentina.

Cesar has been available all summer with QPR boss Harry Redknapp claiming he had to trim the wage bill at Loftus Road.

The 33-year-old was thought to have agreed a move to Napoli before they signed Pepe Reina on loan from Liverpool instead.

Villarreal were also thought to be interested but pulled out of a potential deal due to concerns over Cesar's wage demands.

Despite only Fiorentina showing concrete interest in the goalkeeper, Arsenal were still considered to be a concrete option - his agent said as much recently.

The Gunners have been linked with Cesar all summer as Arsene Wenger looks to add competition for the No.1 jersey at the Emirates. The club's only realistic options currently are Wojiech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski.

But Arsenal were apparently not keen enough to seal a deal for the Brazilian international and now looks set for a move to the Viola for a fee reported to be in the region of £2.5million.

It now means Wenger will have to look elsewhere if he is to fulfil his wish of strengthening his 'keeper options.

Arsenal have been linked with Sporting Lisbon's Rui Patricio, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes but all seem out of reach with Patricio set to join Monaco, Reina at Napoli and Valdes committed to another season at Barcelona.

Wenger has stated that he will not bow down to the growing pressure to spend this summer but fans are concerned that the squad is looking bare going in to the new season.

A number of transfer targets have come and gone this summer with Gonzalo HIguain slipping through his fingers and Bernard all but set for Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Arsenal boss is keen to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool but has today stated that he is on standby as the player continues his fight for release at Liverpool.

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