Should Barcelona Have Made A Move For Julio Cesar?

Jasper Juinen

Given that he is Brazil's first-choice goalkeeper, and a former UEFA Champions League winner with Inter Milan, should Barcelona have made a move for Julio Cesar, who looks set to move on loan to Napoli?

After seven trophy-laden seasons at Internazionale, Julio Cesar departed the San Siro last August, moving to ambitious London club Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer. Upon his arrival at Loftus Road, Cesar praised the vision of his new chairman; yet just one season into his four-year deal at QPR, Cesar finds himself languishing in the npower Championship, looking for a new club to call his home. And according to Skysports, he may well have found one as Brazil's number-one looks set to complete a season-long loan move to Napoli, where he will be reunited with one of his former managers, Rafael Benitez. Wait, what?

Thanks to his starring role in Brazil's Confederations Cup win, Cesar has attracted plenty of interest -- at one stage, there were reports suggesting that even Barcelona were interested in securing his services, and why not? Victor Valdes has confirmed that is searching for a huge payday new challenge, so Barcelona do need a new goalkeeper -- and we experienced first-hand in 2010 that Julio Cesar is one of the finest shot-stoppers out there. At such a low price, the only real stumbling block was his wage demands; although one might argue that anyone joining Barcelona as a starter would command similar wages, and a larger transfer fee as well. On a season-long loan move, Cesar could have battled it out with Valdes for a starting berth, and if he impressed Tito Vilanova over the year, Barca could have easily made the move permanent when Valdes finally leaves on a free transfer in 2014.

Of course, it seems as though this ship has indeed sailed; Cesar looks almost certain to return to the Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League; but do you think Barcelona should have made a move for Julio Cesar?

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