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Bookies Close Bets On Brazilian Joining Arsenal – Done Deal?

Bookmakers are so confident Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar will join Arsenal this summer that many have stopped taking bets on a move happening.

Julio Cesar

Cesar in his Inter Milan days

With the summer transfer window set to open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Bookmakers are so confident Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar will join Arsenal this summer that many have stopped taking bets, according to the Daily Star.

The Brazilian is on big money at Loftus Road and manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he’s keen to cut the wage bill to give himself the best chance of building a side that’s capable of gaining promotion back to the Premier League next season so a move this summer seems likely.

The Star newspaper are now claiming that Arsenal is almost certainly Cesar’s next destination with bookies like Unibet no longer taking bets on the 33-year-old moving to the Emirates Stadium this summer while other bookmakers like BetVictor currently offer odds of just 1/33 of a move happening. For those of you who like a flutter, that’s what can be described as a ‘done-deal’.

The former Inter Milan stopper is currently away on international duty and the report quotes him as saying this week that he “wants to stay in England” because he is “enjoying London and the Premier League”, and they expect him to complete his switch across the capital when his commitments with Brazil are over.

Cesar moved to QPR on a free transfer from Milan last summer but despite putting in some impressive displays, including a MOTM performance during a tight 1-0 win for Arsenal at the Emirates back in October, he was unable to prevent the west Londoners from dropping down to the Championship.

With Vito Mannone and Lukasz Fabianski likely to leave this summer a new goalkeeper is a must and one with the experience that Cesar could offer would be ideal as he’d be able to nurture the raw talent of Wojciech Szczesny – who was dropped from the starting eleven back in March following some unconvincing displays.

Personally, I’d love to see Cesar join Arsenal as I think he’d be an astute buy who wouldn’t harm the career of Szczesny – who I still believe is our long-term No.1 – and it seems the move is going to happen, the bookies rarely get it wrong after all…

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What do you think Gooners? Would Cesar be a good buy? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Chris

    June 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    If true, this is a good start.

  2. atid

    June 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Decent enough and better than fabianski. What I would like now is for the club to replace mannone with schwarzer. So we have 2 top experienced keepers and 2 young keelers in szczesney and martinez who could go out on loan to further develop.

  3. Chisom

    June 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Well it wil be a good buy if he’s gon’ come on a free transfer. However i think the other keepers (fabiansky en mannone) would have performed better than they did had Wenga given them a chance. I guess sczeney never had a real competition for the first shirt, en it’s not that they didn’t put up a fight. But it’s because Wenga never give them a chance to show their quality. So it will a good thing if julio makes it to arsenal.

  4. Ayomide

    June 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Arsen wenga,al we are saying is dat we ned good n star player pls may God help us

  5. scirap

    June 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Julio nice signing hope he has long range shots peace

  6. Mr Bond

    June 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Mr Ayomide, please stop abbreviating your words, and please mind your tenses, they are horible, we can hardly decipher them. One mistake is forgivable but to get a whole sentence wrong is something else. In Nigeria here we may make head or tail out what your prattling about, because our of peculiar penmanship, but for others in other part of the world, its alien to them. This advice equally goes to people of your kind. The idea behind communication is so your that targeted audience understand and appreciate an intelligent discourse.

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  8. amit

    June 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This is from lfc fan and let me tell u cesar is one of the best keepers and the only reason arsenal are taking him is because he will be for free or couple of millions this is arsene wenger anyways cant wait to face u next season with our team even with out suarez we will beat u I can assure u that because we will have another 3 to 4 quality players coming in , what about u oops I forgot already u have signed the player for free from france u21 international

  9. James James

    June 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Pls ceaser is a good move to arsenal we d fans need at list three more players dat will motivate the team for trophy next season.

  10. afees

    June 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    julio ceser is d best signing for arsnal this time arand nd i tink it wil make good performance if arsenal could signed him.

  11. promise

    June 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Arsenal should pls buy one defencive milfielder ( filani) one shap striker (huqeine) let big names bring forth result for big club like ARSENAL FC . with them we are matured and competitive for the seasion, Buy them they know English football we need trophy pls.

  12. J p gerrard

    June 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Does wenger realisebthat cesar has started shaving which means he is too old for a transfer to the nilarse.

  13. Topmantemilayo

    June 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    IT IS OK

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