Arsenal have agreed a contract with Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to reports in Italy. A report from TuttoMercatoWeb, states that Arsenal have beaten AC Milan to Cesar's signature.
Apparently, Arsenal have offered Cesar a two-year deal, paying €4 million a year. However, there is no official confirmation from the player or club at this point.
Acquiring the 33-year-old stopper would be a smart way for the Gunners to begin a critical summer. An experienced, dependable goalkeeper is something Arsenal have needed for several seasons.
The Gunners used three different 'keepers during the 2012/13 season. The position is still shrouded in uncertainty.
Wojciech Szczesny has suffered a major slump in form. The once highly touted 22-year-old was benched at the start of March, after a series of blunders.
Szczesny became alarmingly accident prone. Despite some strong showings at the end of the campaign, doubts remain over Szczesny's place as Arsenal's long-term No.1.
That is why signing Cesar would be a wise move. He won multiple titles with Serie A giants Inter Milan. He also lifted a UEFA Champions League trophy with Inter in 2010.
Cesar has proven himself at the top levels of the game. He also has one year of English Premier League experience, after spending last season with Queens Park Rangers.
Cesar was one of the few standout performers in a squad doomed to relegation. He was a commanding and agile shot-stopper all season.
That is the kind presence Arsenal need in goal. Manager Arsene Wenger knows the value of experienced 'keepers.
He won his trophies with the Gunners with David Seaman and Jens Lehmann tending goal. Another advantage to purchasing Cesar is the modest fee.
He is valued at £5 million, according to Metro. That means Arsenal need only pay a small sum to fix a problem position.
It is a bargain that still leaves plenty of funds available to address other areas of need. By signing Cesar, Wenger still has the financial muscle to pursue top-notch forward and midfield reinforcements.
With a reliable figure like Cesar between the posts next season, Arsenal's improving defence should be even stronger.1046474