Arsenal's hopes of signing QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar have received a boost after the Brazilian's agent revealed the Gunners 'remain a concrete option'.
Cesar has spent just one season at Loftus Road but following QPR's relegation from the Premier League, both the club and the player are eager to part ways.
However, the 33-year-old's wages, reported to be £90,000-a-week, are proving a stumbling block to any proposed deal.
The goalkeeper had looked certain at one stage to join Napoli however the Serie A side do not want to match his current wages and instead have been seeking a loan deal - something that doesn't interest QPR.
His wages are also thought to be the issue that saw Arsenal withdraw their interest earlier this month, but Cesar’s agent Josias Cardoso hopes the goalkeeper's future will soon be resolved.
He said: “Arsenal remain a concrete option. In Italy recently I have only spoken to Napoli. President Aurelio De Laurentiis wanted him but didn’t want to pay Julio’s current wages. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and after a great Confederations Cup performance he showed his desire to come back to Italy by demanding nothing more.
“It would’ve been normal for someone in his position to ask for a pay rise but he didn’t. Is there still hope of seeing him in Italy? If I don’t have official contact with a club, then I cannot have hope.”