Having been told he’s free to leave Inter Milan, goalkeeper Julio Cesar is reportedly wanted by North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
Inter Milan are undergoing a huge rebuilding process and as a result, experienced heads like Maicon and Lucio won’t be with the team next season. Their compatriot Julio Cesar is also set for the exit door after Inter signed Udinese’s Slovenian stopper Samir Handanovic to take his place.
And according to reports in Italy, the 32 year old goalkeeper is now the target of two Premier League sides – Arsenal and Tottenham.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I rate Julio Cesar, I think he’s a very good goalkeeper – but how does a move to Arsenal make sense? It’s the same as the Hugo Lloris situation.
Arsenal currently have a young goalkeeper who I happen to think is one of the best in the Premier League. Wojciech Szczesny’s development over the past 18 months or so has been brilliant, even if he had a disappointing Euro 2012 tournament.
Signing Cesar wouldn’t be good for anyone; if Szczesny remains Number 1, Cesar will have been brought in on huge wages just to sit on the bench, whilst promoting Cesar to Number 1 will stall the Polish international’s development.
Spurs, on the other hand, would be a much better fit for the Brazilian. Andre Villas-Boas is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper with Brad Friedel now 41 years old.
Cesar would almost certainly be first choice at White Hart Lane and it would be a really ambitious signing – a signal of intent for the new era in North London. To me, one move makes no sense at all and the other makes almost too much sense.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!