MILAN, ITALY - MAY 06: Julio Cesar #1 of FC Inter Milan reacts during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 6, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Agents like to leak transfer rumors to the press all the time, but the agent of Inter Milan's Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar is skipping the middle man by coming out and claiming interest in his client by himself. ESPN Soccernet's crack team of translators tracked down an interview that Josias Cardozo gave to Tuttosport, in which he said Tottenham are interested.
"Some clubs contacted us but we asked them to contact Inter Milan, the club that own his rights. There is nothing certain yet. There are talks with Tottenham, but the English club has not yet made official steps."
It makes sense that Daniel Levy would speak to Cesar's agent to gauge the 'keeper's interest in coming to Spurs, as well as his wage demands, before he made contact with Inter Milan. If Cesar is lukewarm on the prospect of coming to White Hart Lane and his wage demands are going to be outrageous, it's not really worth wasting Inter's time by negotiating a fee.
Cesar's wages won't come cheap, but he's in a situation very similar to Hugo Lloris at Lyon. Even though it feels like a bigger club should be interested, all of the clubs that are bigger than Tottenham (and Inter) do not need a goalkeeper, and especially not a 32-year-old goalkeeper.
Though Cesar isn't an idea signing, he'd be a great pickup at the same wages and half the fee of Lloris. Given that Tottenham haven't signed a striker yet, I'm beginning to get a bit concerned that they're going to leave this late again. I would much prefer Lloris to Cesar, but Tottenham are a club of limited means. They probably can't afford two forwards and Lloris. I'm expecting the Cesar rumors to persist until he signs with someone or September 1st, whichever comes first.
Not a member of Cartilage Free Captain? Sign up below and start commenting. Everyone here is super fun. Check us out on social media for updates when we update as well.