QPR Goalkeeper Julio Cesar could be one of a mass exodus of players leaving Loftus Road this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship, according to the Daily Express.
The 33 year-old has been a rare shining light for the Hoops this season in what has been an utterly miserable campaign. However, the Brazilian is on a reported £80,000 a-week contract and Chairman Tony Fernandes is desperate to get the big earners off the wage bill as they prepare for the huge financial implications which accompany dropping out of the Premier League.
Cesar has been linked with a host of top sides both in the Premier League and abroad. Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and AC Milan are all reportedly keen on the goalkeeper. His agent Josias Cardoso even went as far to say that he believes that the player has one more European adventure in him and is not contemplating a return to his homeland Brazil
In two weeks I should come to Europe to talk with Julio – but back to Brazil? I don’t think so. If QPR were to decide to sell Julio Cesar, I still see a European future for him.
So what would the interested clubs be getting if he were to leave Queens Park Rangers? He has spent 7 years playing at the very highest level for Internazionale, making 228 appearances for the Italians before leaving to join QPR. He is also a highly decorated player. He has 5 Serie A title medals, One Champions League medal and he was also a part of the Inter team which won the World Club Cup in 2010. Internationally, for Brazil he has also tasted success by winning the Copa America in 2004.
Therefore the interested clubs will get a proven winner. Of the destinations being touted it would seem that Liverpool would be the most likely option. Jose Reina has not shown the form of previous seasons, and also does not appear to have any sufficient back-up.
Of the times Brad Jones has been called into the side, he has put in some calamitous performances. Arsenal have seemingly had Goalkeeping issues for many seasons now and possibly the chance of getting Cesar on a free transfer might appeal, however his huge wages will deter many. That is why I think we can rule Tottenham out of the race, Daniel Levy operates a strict wage structure at the club and Spurs already have three goalkeepers on their books.