On Sunday night, Julio Cesar added another Confederations Cup title to his already glowing CV as Brazil thumped Spain 3-0. If the Brazilian’s trophy cabinet wasn’t impressive enough, Cesar made a number of fine saves during the course of final to deny Spain anything worthy of note.
Cesar may have surprised many when he swapped Inter Milan for QPR last summer, but there has been no real decline in his abilities as a top goalkeeper. Arsenal are said to be considering a bid, if not already very close to landing the Brazilian goalkeeper. And due to the nature of Arsenal’s recent goalkeeping history, this is a bargain they can’t afford to miss.
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The latest reports suggest Cesar could be had for something in the region of £2million. Something about QPR needing to shed wages off the books and, of course, the Brazilian No 1 being far too good for the Championship, it’s a transfer deal that plays right into the hands of Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal can do no more to make it clear that Wojciech Szczesny is their long-term goalkeeper, with the 23-year-old still far from reaching his peak. Yet there’s absolutely no way a new arrival could dent the Pole’s ambition or potential for a glittering career in the game; if anything, Cesar’s arrival will go on to make those projections more of a reality.
The club don’t need hope and maybes; they need stability for the now. Rotating a world-class goalkeeper in Cesar – because he still is at the very top of the game despite what some may wish to think – with a youngster who, when on top form, can be considered among the brightest talents in Europe, is only a good thing for Arsenal. It strengthens their push for a better tomorrow, it puts their destiny firmly in their own hands, and regardless of fee, a name like Cesar will only go on to boost the morale at the club in what is billed as a hugely important summer in Arsenal’s recent history.
The likely fee of £2m should be an afterthought. For the fans, it shouldn’t really matter how much a player of Cesar’s calibre will cost. Many sections of support want to be appeased with a blockbuster signing that will send shockwaves around the league. Yet the building blocks of a successful unit are comprised of a mixture of both headline-creating transfers and those which are seen to be astute and methodical moves. In Arsenal’s case, is a £9 million Simon Mignolet really a better option over a £2m Champions League winner?
I’m not one to campaign for reckless spending when it’s not needed; there’s a difference between buying a £20 million Gonzalo Higuain because you need to over signing a £20 million striker because you want to. For most there is a distorted view of how to approach the transfer market. We are continually surrounded by clubs who are happy to dive into the market with blank cheques, more than willing to sign all kinds of numbers to assert their growing power in the game, and for that we’re led to believe that it’s the best or even natural way of building a team.
Arsenal did miss the boat last summer when Cesar became available, but the result of last season and the qualification for the Champions League makes it a moot point. Now, with the means to go out and better themselves far beyond what the club were capable of in the past, Arsenal need to make it a matter of principle to sign readymade stars who will have an immediate impact. The dithering needs to be eradicated from the game. There should be a clear focus on what the ultimate goal is come May and how names like Cesar can be used in attaining those targets. For what is an unbelievable bargain fee for a high-end goalkeeper, Arsenal would be doing themselves a world of good by landing Cesar this summer.
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