Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Julio Cesar Would Be Smart Option for Gunners in Summer

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 21, 2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 21:  Julio Cesar of Brazil looks on prior to the international friendly match between Italy and Brazil on March 21, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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With a strong transfer budget reportedly sitting there for the summer transfer window, Arsenal will no doubt look to make a number of moves this summer—some of which are clearly smarter than others.

Having been linked with a number of potential transfers, the latest rumor of a potential move for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a very interesting thought indeed for the North London club, who have been linked with previous goalkeepers before in the summer.

And whilst it might not seem like it—with a number of goalkeepers already in their squad—the reality is that a move for Cesar would be a very smart option to pursue.

The report comes from The Daily Mirror:

Julio Cesar could get his wish to stay in London—with Arsenal switching their sights to the Brazilian keeper. The QPR star is happy with life in the capital but wants to stay in the top flight. 

With Rangers heading for relegation, 33-year-old Cesar is likely to leave, with Robert Green expected to be in goal in the Championship. 

And that has alerted Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who wants to sign an experienced man to have between the sticks...

There's a couple of key reasons why this transfer rumor makes sense as opposed to the plethora of other rumors doing the rounds at the moment—starting with the fact of Arsenal's need at the back.

Wosjiech Szczesny has seemingly lost the support of those at Arsenal, which leaves the Gunners without a true No. 1 goalkeeper—something that Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone can't fill, as good as both have been this season as replacements.

Given their illustrious history of strong goalkeepers, the North London club must find a genuine star goalkeeper who will be competitive every single week for them.

They need someone who will not succumb to poor mistakes and has proven himself to handle the rigors of the Premier League—something that Cesar seems to fit quite well for Arsenal.

Cesar has been in the league for a whole season at QPR and has certainly faced plenty of action in goal. He is the only reason why the London club aren't dead and relegated already this year, with his heroics at the back consistent throughout the entire season—which will no doubt please the Gunners as they search for a consistent performer.

Moreover, as the Mirror suggests, Cesar is already based in London, and thus the move from Rangers to Arsenal wouldn't be a big hassle for the Brazilian.

He will likely be available for Arsenal given QPR's probable relegation, and at just £4 million (per Transfermarkt) represents great value for the Gunners.

Cesar will no doubt attract interest from a number of other teams this summer given his strong performances this year, but the plethora of goalkeepers who could potentially be making moves this summer will no doubt take away some of the interest there.

Especially if Arsenal make their move quickly and efficiently and give themselves an experienced shot-stopper who will lead them in the Premier League well.

Just what Cesar is capable of doing in the EPL with a strong defense in front him is not yet known. But having watched him at QPR this year, there's little doubting he has the talent and skill to be a hero at the Emirates Stadium in the future and re-establish Arsenal's strong history of goalkeepers.

He's already in London, will seemingly be available and won't cost them a fortune despite the abundance of talent and skill he brings to the club.

Arsenal won't get too many chances at a deal better than this one.

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