Napoli close in on QPR's Cesar

Napoli are close to signing Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who had been a target for Arsenal, on loan from Championship Queens Park Rangers, his agent has said.

Cesar, 33, had been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, while Villarreal were thought to have been another club interested.

But new Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is now the favourite to sign Cesar, who wants to return to top-flight footballer following QPR's relegation from the Premier League last season.

The player's agent, Josias Cardoso, told calciomercato.it that a Napoli deal could be done “today or in a few days”, explaining: "It's not all done yet: there are some details to be resolved between the player and Napoli. When will the signature arrive? I don't know - it could be today or in a few days.

"The Villarreal interest? There has been some interest from Spain, but nothing concrete. The only two concrete tracks are Arsenal and Napoli."