Goal has confirmed a newspaper report that has linked Brazil's starting goalkeeper with a loan move to Toronto FC, but no deal is official.Brazil's No. 1 goalkeeper could soon be Toronto FC's starting netminder.
A source close to the MLS club has confirmed a report from Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte that has linked Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar with a loan move to Toronto. However, while the report says a deal is imminent, Goal has been unable to confirm it is finalized.
It is unclear if the arrangement is a six-month deal or a season-long move and both Toronto FC and Major League Soccer have yet to comment publicly about the potential deal.
Cesar is expected to start for Brazil at this summer's World Cup, but has been riding the pine at QPR, and in recent weeks has found himself out of the squad altogether.
Given his salary, in the range of $6 million a season, his club has had trouble moving the player, so a loan deal would make sense.
Since Toronto FC has used up its three designated player slots, however, QPR would need to pay the majority of Cesar's salary if the loan were to go through.
The Brazilian shot stopper has represented his country 74 times, and has lined up for the likes of Flamengo, Inter Milan and QPR professionally.
Individually, he has twice been named goalkeeper of the year in Italy's Serie A, and during his time at Inter he won five league titles and the Champions League.