Amidst Arsenal’s continued pursuit of a new striker to support Olivier Giroud up front, former Gunner Perry Groves has claimed that Arsene Wenger made a mistake by not signing Loic Remy from QPR when the opportunity presented itself in the summer. The Frenchman has been in phenomenal form for Newcastle this season and the former Arsenal wide man insists that he would have been a great buy for the North London side.
Cesar off to Benfica by Stefan
It seems that Arsenal have missed out on one of the easiest transfers of all time in Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar. We have been the frontrunners for his signature all summer yet nothing has happened. Other clubs have come in for him but he has rejected them, most notably Napoli who offered him half of his current wages at QPR.
He has alluded several times that he is waiting for us to come and make him an offer. Everybody is crying out for Arsene Wenger to make him the offer but he is spending all of his time offering Mathieu Flamini contracts by the looks of things.
Arsenal could still go for Remy by AH
Even though the reports regarding Luis Suarez and Arsenal are continuing with different stories and rumoured movements being published every day, one name that has popped up is QPR’s Loic Remy.
Loic Remy has been a long standing transfer target for Arsene Wenger and he was keen on signing the Frenchman several times during his time with Marseille, however a move never materialised for the 26 year old. Remy then made the move to relegation threatened QPR, ahead of Newcastle United, which suggests money written all over it, but now with QPR in the Championship, I doubt a player of his quality wants to be in that division.
Why are Arsenal being linked with Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul? by Stefan
In the last few days there have been small reports in a few newspapers that Arsenal are targeting the Dutch keeper Tim Krul from Newcastle United as an alternative to Julio Cesar.
For around two months it seemed that Brazil international and QPR keeper Cesar would make a move across London to play at The Emirates next season. The deal was so obvious as QPR conformed that he would be leaving the club this summer and the man himself said that he would like to stay in London as his family has settled well in the capital since moving from Italy around a year ago.
I understand that transfers are not always easy, and I have faith that Arsene Wenger will add some quality players to the Arsenal squad this summer, but if the reports are true about Julio Cesar signing for Rafa Benitez at Napoli, then I think Wenger has made a mistake on that one.
The 33-year old Brazilian international seemed like the perfect choice for the Gunners. If you assume that Wojciech Szczesny is going to remain at the Emirates and be Arsenal’s main keeper for years to come, the age and experience of Cesar was the obvious choice, whereas bringing in a top young keeper would undermine the Polish international.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the verge of making a 1.5 million bid for QPR shot-stopper Julio Cesar.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates since Rangers suffered relegation last term and has clearly stated his desire to stay in London, thus keeping the other London clubs on high alert.
With Chelsea having already brought in Mark Schwarzer from Fulham and Spurs already having two top keepers at the club, it seems as though Arsenal are his most likely destination this summer, assuming of course that he would not be interested in a move to Fulham or West Ham with the Gunners interested.
It seems as if Arsenal are operating under a different set of rules to all the other Premier League clubs this summer, as Arsene Wenger seems to have been waiting for the official opening of the transfer window on July 1st, which is tomorrow. Maybe nobody told the Frenchman that signings could be sorted out before this day, maybe Wenger is wondering when the football authorities are going to punish Aston Villa, who have brought in six new players already.
Although Arsenal were widely believed to be chasing a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window, there has been no official word from the club. Assuming that the media have some kind of insider knowledge, however, all signs pointed towards the signing of the QPR keeper Julio Cesar.
Because Cesar is currently on international duty with Brazil in the confederations Cup, I for one thought that Arsene Wenger was merely waiting until the tournament was finished to complete the formalities of the transfer, assuming that he does not pick up an injury, of course.
The transfer of Julio Cesar to Arsenal was almost a done deal in the media just a week or two ago. His current club QPR accepted that he would leave and he was not going to cost all that much, so it should have been done and dusted by now, but no deal has been announced and there is an eerie silence coming from the media.
The deal for Julio Cesar to Arsenal looks even closer now as bookies have suspended betting on the 33-year old keeper coming to Arsenal, which usually means there is inside knowledge that it is true. The deal has looked clear cut all along with Cesar saying he will stay in London and Arsenal apparently searching for a new keeper, it has been an obvious transfer deal that hasn’t been discussed so much.
Deal for Cesar in the making? by AH
A few days ago QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar released a statement in which he said he was in talks with a few English clubs, whilst it’s also known that there is interest across the world, including his homeland Brazil.
Cesar recently said; “I am in negotiations with other clubs in England and from other countries but there’s still not been anything definitive,”
Julio Cesar Confirms Talks – But Are They With Arsenal? by AH
QPR and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has confirmed that he is in contact with several clubs in England but also admits there is interest from many other leagues apart from the Barclay’s Premier League.
I’m sure you’re all aware of 33-year old Julio Cesar and despite his age he is still a fantastic professional, in fact he is not even that old for a keeper. A natural keeper and former number one rated goalkeeper in the world, Cesar joined QPR last summer from Inter Milan. It seemed like a strange move, clearly driven by money and it’s even reported that Arsenal was also an option last summer but the Brazilian chose the QPR relegation challenge.