Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has rubbished suggestions that Arsenal target Julio Cesar turned down a move to Stadio Artemio Franchi, because the Serie 'A' club never tried to sign him, reports Sky Sports.

The Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper was expected to leave Loftus Road over the summer, following the west London side's relegation from the Premier League.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing the Brazil international to the Emirates Stadium, but opted instead to sign Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season-long loan.

The 34-year-old's £90,000-a-week wages are believed to have been a sticking point, not just for Arsenal, but for all of the clubs reportedly keen on securing Cesar's signature.

"We were never rejected by Julio Cesar because we never contacted Julio Cesar," Prade told Italian publication, La Nazione.

"For two reasons - Julio Cesar has not played a real match since last April and then he has a very high salary, too high for us."

Cesar has made clear he remains happy at QPR, and will fight for his place in Harry Redknapp's Championship side with competition from former England stopper Robert Green.

The South American is adamant that playing outside the top-flight will not affect his prospects of being part of Brazil's plans for next year's World Cup, and will focus on helping the club win promotion back to the premier League.

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