Julio Cesar’s agent has confirmed that the goalkeeper will be staying in Europe. Whether he will be playing for Queens Park Rangers is another question, following the team’s relegation to the Championship.
"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," Cesar’s agent Josias Cardoso said, in an interview with Calciomercato.
Liverpool, according to the Express, are keeping tabs on the 33-year-old, as they are keen on providing Pepe Reina with more competition beyond current backup Brad Jones. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur may also be interested in Cesar following his impressive season, in which he displaced Robert Green as the team’s number one goalkeeper.
With vice-captain Jamie Carragher confirmed to be retiring at the end of the season, manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for young talent to bolster the defense. Talksport reports that Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna and Barcelona’s Martin Montoya are two potential additions for Rodgers’s side.
Ogbonna has impressed with his performances, but he has been struggling with injuries which have limited him to 18 league appearances in Serie A. The 24-year-old has also been linked with Manchester United, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich.
Montoya, a burgeoning right back, could be more difficult to acquire, as he seems inclined to stick around Camp Nou.
"I have played here for 12 years now, and I have never wanted to leave. Barca are the team of my dreams,” Montoya said in an interview with Spanish paper Marca.
"Training with the first team means working at a high rhythm, and always giving everything. You learn a lot in a short period of time."
However, with Dani Alves ahead of Montoya in the pecking order, playing opportunities will be rare and the Reds may be able to lure him to Anfield.
Metro reports that Liverpool may be looking to snap up Reading center back Alex Pearce at the open of the summer window on a free transfer, as his contract is set to expire. The Ireland international previously played for Rodgers at Reading, where Rodgers named Pearce vice-captain. The 24-year-old would fit the Reds’ transfer policy, and he could be the leader that Liverpool is looking for to marshal the defense.