It looks as though Julio Cesar will soon end his spell at Queens Park Rangers, with Luiz Felipe Scolari hinting the Brazilian is set for Toronto.
The 34-year-old was a big-name arrival at Loftus Road last summer, but the former Internazionale goalkeeper was powerless to prevent the Londoners slipping out of the Premier League. He was, though, expected to remain in the division this term, with a number of clubs, including Arsenal said to be interested.
Cesar remained part of Harry Redknapp’s squad after a lack of offers, but his involvement has been limited to just a single appearance in the FA Cup, as Robert Green has played every one of the 29 matches in the Championship. Brazil coach Scolari has now indicated that the player will soon leave London for the MLS, with Toronto.
Speaking after naming his squad for the friendly against South Africa next month, national coach Scolari surprised his audience when he said: “Julio Cesar has been called, but he has to present himself to his new club Toronto, the paperwork must be done soon.”
Despite this apparent revelation, the Canadian-based club have refused to confirm that a deal is in place for Cesar. Instead, when asked about such a move, their head coach, former Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur central defender Ryan Nelsen, did little to hide his interest in the player, who he believes would be a fine addition.
“At the moment, I can’t really comment because nothing has been finalised,” he told O Globo. “I haven’t spoken to Julio Cesar for a couple of days, so I don’t know about what Scolari said. It is something that would be really nice for the Toronto fans and the community to have a player of his skill, expertise and experience.”