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Is Friedel’s Replacement Worth £85,000 pwk?

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to add more reliability coupled with a younger age setting in their goalkeeping department by chasing Inter Milan star Julio Cesar.

With Brad Friedel reaching the age where he will soon be acceptable as a grandfather and spends his leisurely time whining at ‘young people these days.’ Spurs need to reinforce their goalkeeping options which currently resemble an elderly gentleman bowls club rather than a team chasing a luxurious Champions League position.

They’re not exactly the most consistent either, Friedel is reliable but with father time catching up, Gomes is one of the most erratic goalkeepers to grace the league, and Cudicini is a mixture of the two.

Cesar has been an integral part of Inter Milan since joining them in 2005. Being part of their Champions League winning team two years ago, he offers a wealth of top class experience both at national and international level, having won over 60 caps for Brazil since making his debut in 2003.

At 32 years of age, Cesar is only just about to enter the prime of his career as a goalkeeper, a position that has seen players between the sticks increase their playing time well into their 40’s. This would present Spurs with a long term goalkeeping solution while they seek to blood their own, younger keepers for the future.

There is also another distinct advantage in Spurs acquisition of Cesar, his price. With rumours circulating that with Inter Milan’s desperation  to slash Cesar’s reported £85,000 a week wages of their bill means they may be willing to let Cesar leave on the cheap or a free transfer.

This, in comparison to Tottenhams other reported target Hugo Lloris being quoted at £15 million, would be an absolute bargain for a player who was voted Serie A Goalkeeper of the year in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, as well as the UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year in 09/10.

With the transfer window set to shut imminently, Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas is running out of time to decide if he will rely on his goalkeeping pensioners, or if he will make a move for one of the best keepers to play in Europe in modern times.

Should Tottenham make a move for Cesar? Would splashing the cash on Lloris be a more viable option? Leave your comments below.

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