Roma keen to replace Stekelenburg with Julio Cesar

Giallorossi coach Zdenek Zeman believes the former Ajax custodian is not the right man for the position between the sticks, and is eager to bring in the veteran Inter keeper
By Renato Maisani

Maarten Stekelenburg's future at Roma is in doubt as newly-appointed coach Zdenek Zeman has set his sights on bringing in Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, has learned.

The 29-year-old Stekelenburg joined Roma from Ajax in the summer of 2011, but was plagued by misfortune in his first season with the Giallorossi. The Netherlands international not only missed a number of games due to injuries, but he also received two red cards in Serie A last term.

His unconvincing performances throughout 2011-12 have raised questions about his form and consistency, and Zeman is ready to let go of Stekelenburg in order to make Julio Cesar his new No.1.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has been deemed surplus to requirements at Inter following the arrival of Samir Handanovic from Udinese, and the Nerazzurri are looking to cash in on the 32-year-old.

There has yet to be any contact between the two clubs, but Roma are preparing a €3 million offer for the wantaway shot-stopper, and are willing to offer Julio Cesar a two-year contract worth €2.5m per season plus bonuses.