Brazilian international could be set for a return to Italy.
Napoli have reportedly reached an agreement with QPR over the transfer of goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It is understood that the agreement comprises of an initial loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the season, but Rafa Benitez’s men still face competition from rivals Roma and Premier League outfit Arsenal.
However, it would appear that the Partenopei are in pole position given that they are set to begin negotiations over personal terms, with the Brazilian international expected to quit Loftus Road given the club’s relegation last season.
The 33-year-old impressed during the Confederations Cup last month, helping the hosts clinch glory with a string of solid performances.
Despite his struggles in London where he was unable to help Harry Redknapp’s side avoid relegation to the Championship, Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari kept faith in him and was duly rewarded.
Nevertheless, Cesar is not expected to spend the season in the second tier of English football, and has the option of returning to Italy.
He enjoyed a number of successful years at Inter, but it is believed that in order to seal a move to Napoli this summer he must be willing to accept a reduced salary.
Benitez will prioritise finding replacements for striker Edinson Cavani in the next month, although it is understood they are close to clinching deals for both Jose Callejon and Leandro Damiao.
However, with Morgan De Sanctis the only reliable option between the sticks, it is an area that undoubtedly requires strengthening too.