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Benfica keen on QPR's Julio Cesar

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Benfica could be set to turn to Queen's Park Rangers outcast Julio Cesar in a bid to replace the departing Jan Oblak.

Oblak has confirmed he's on his way to Atletico Madrid and Cesar is the man Benfica want to fill his place between the posts, according to the Daily Mail.

Experience

At just 21-years-old Oblak is extremely young for a first choice goalkeeper, and by replacing him with Cesar Benfica would be adding a wealth of experience to their squad.

Last season Jorge Jesus' men recorded a domestic treble while narrowly missing out on Europa League success and playing for a club who are expected to compete on all fronts is something Cesar will relish.

History maker at Inter

During seven trophy-laden years at Inter Milan Cesar won a treble of his own as the club won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2010.

That experience will make Cesar a natural at a club like Benfica where fans expect the team to compete on all fronts and produce regular silverware.

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Outcast

Things haven't always been great for Cesar, and a move to the Portuguese giants would give him a much needed to chance to re-establish himself as a number one goalkeeper.

Following QPR's 2013 relegation to the Championship, Cesar was overlooked by manager Harry Redknapp as the club aimed to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Having to play second fiddle to Rob Green, the Brazilian stopper had to wait until January of 2014 to make his one and only appearance of the season for the London club, starting in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat to Everton.

With Cesar desperate to play for Brazil in the 2014 World Cup he joined MLS side Toronto FC on loan in February in order to be sure of his place in Luis Filipe Scorlari's World Cup squad.

World Cup heartache

Cesar's form during his brief spell at Toronto was enough to earn him a starting spot in the Brazil squad as they hosted the World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

The competition started well for Cesar and the hosts, the 34-year-old looked back to his best as Brazil topped group A.

In the round of 16 he was the hero, producing two saves in the penalty shoot-out victory over an impressive Chile side.

Disaster

However, things would quickly go down hill and after an unconvincing quarter final win over Colombia Brazil were annihilated 7-1 by eventual winners Germany.

A 3-0 defeat to Holland in the third place play off would follow, but despite conceding 14 goals in 7 games Cesar was one of few Brazilians to receive any kind of praise for his performances.

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