Serie A side made no bid for QPR keeper
Fiorentina have denied they tried and failed to sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar before the close of the transfer window.
The Serie A side, managed by former AS Roma and one-time Fulham striker Vincenzo Montella, had previously been linked by many sources with a move for the Brazil international but had not followed up their interest with a formal bid.
And according to Sky Sports, the Viola’s sporting director Daniele Prade has come out and denied that the Italian club made a last-ditch effort to sign Cesar from the West London club.
The broadcaster claims that reports contrary to the club’s stance indicate that Fiorentina did try to sign the goalkeeper but that he had turned down the chance to return to Italy where he made his name with Internazionale.
But quotes attributed to Prade have once again suggested that QPR’s former number one was never on their radar.
Prade told Italian newspaper La Nazione: “We were never rejected by Julio Cesar because we never contacted Julio Cesar.
“For two reasons – Julio Cesar has not played a real match since last April and then he has a very high salary, too high for us.”
It means that for the time being, Cesar will remain at QPR until January at the earliest when the transfer window reopens.
The 34-year-old had been tipped all summer to leave Loftus Road following the club’s relegation from the Premier League but it seems that clubs have been put off by the Brazilian’s wages which make him one of the highest earners in the league.
QPR have successfully moved on the majority of their big-wage players albeit on a temporary basis with several season-long loans and under Harry Redknapp the club are enjoying an unbeaten start to life in the Championship.