The Brazilian stopper has been heavily linked with a switch across London of late, with the Gunners said to be keen on drafting in a new goalkeeper.
Cesar was one of the Super Hoops’ standout performers in a disappointing relegation season, which has seen his stock rise.
But, the 33-year-old is on a vast contract at Loftus Road that was dished out by the club to lure him away from Inter Milan.
Arsenal see the South American as the deal man to add some solidity to the rearguard, yet they are unwilling to match his current £45,000-per-week salary, which includes significant bonus payments.
Arsene Wenger values him at closer to the £30,000-per-week mark, and is hopeful that Cesar’s desire to play at the highest level ahead of the 2014 World Cup may be enough to see him drop his demands.
The north London club have received a major boost in the race for the samba star, after rivals Napoli swooped to secure a season-long loan deal for Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.
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