Wenger has finally decided on the keeper he wants…
Arsenal will try to sign QPR’s brilliant goalkeeper Julio Cesar before the transfer window closes, the Daily Star understands.
The 33-year-old Brazilian no.1 is far too good a keeper to be playing in the Championship, and his huge wages mean that QPR are desperate to offload him.
Arsenal will come back in for Cesar after being linked with a cacophony of goalkeepers to take Wojciech Szczesny’s place between the sticks at the Emirates.
QPR are desperate to offload Cesar’s salary, and will look to do a deal quickly.
Despite showing glimpses, and even some patches of strong form, Polish keeper Szczęsny has never been truly reliable in between the posts at the Emirates. Most fans agree that a replacement is a must.
If a move for Cesar fails, which is unlikely – Arsenal fans can expect their team to turn to La Liga to strengthen the keeper spot.
Valencia’s Vincent Guita and Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla have been earmarked as potential options if a move for Cesar falls through.
Guita is a 26-year-old Spaniard, who is uncapped due to the prowess of Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina in front of him at international level. When he’s not been injured though, Guita has been one of the best stoppers in La Liga for the past two seasons, and Wenger might be prepared to give him a chance in the Premier League. Valencia could demand £15m though, which seems steep – especially considering the Gunners wouldn’t even pay that amount for Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
Similarly, Casilla, (not to be confused with the Real Madrid legend) is a 26-year-old Spaniard, and has enjoyed a first-team spot at Espanyol since 2011 after returning from various loan spells. He would be the cheapest of the three, but would also get fans the least excited.