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Queens Park Rangers’ World Cup star out to impress Arsenal

| 12.06.2014

Julio Cesar’s long-mooted move to Arsenal could come to fruition should the Selecao stopper continue his fine form for Brazil at the World Cup.

The former Inter Milan goalkeeper is in line to start against Croatia in tonight’s tournament curtain-raiser and looks in rude health for the national side following a run of three consecutive games without conceding a goal.

Currently on the books of newly-promoted club Queens Park Rangers, the 34-year-old was recalled by the Londoners from a recent loan spell in the MLS with Toronto FC where he had impressed.

But with Robert Green already established as the number one choice between the sticks for Rangers, it’s likely that QPR will look to offload Cesar this summer with an impressive showing in Brazil boosting his value in the transfer market.

And one team on the lookout for another goalkeeper is Arsenal, following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City on a free transfer.

While unlikely to be a guaranteed starter at the Emirates, Cesar would provide some much-needed cover and competition to current first choice Wojciech Szczesny.

The Pole endured mixed fortunes for the Gunners last term, with a series of imperious displays mixed in with errors against the likes of Aston Villa and Chelsea.

Though he remains Arsene Wenger’s first choice, the Frenchman could rekindle his interest in Cesar, who could help Szczesny to up his efforts as Arsenal go in search of more silverware next term.

Prior to moving the MLS, the Brazilian was linked with a move to the Emirates and, now back in London, would undoubtedly be open to remaining in the capital with Arsenal, where he would at the very least feature in both the FA and League Cup.

In the meantime Cesar is focusing on impressing in another, much larger competition – the World Cup. A few clean sheets here and there and he could be back in the Premier League before we know it.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.