QPR loan Julio Cesar to Toronto FC
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has agreed to terms on a deal that would send him from Queens Park Rangers on loan to Toronto FC, his advisers in Brazil confirmed.
Brazil's O Globo reported Friday that the move was nearly done.
QPR were looking to offload Cesar's reported £90,000 a week from their wage bill, especially for a player fielded only once in the last nine months. Cesar last saw action for QPR in their 4-0 loss to Everton on Jan. 4
Manager Harry Redknapp had said publicly he would not oppose a move.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told the media last September that Julio Cesar was the only player with a guaranteed roster spot on the Selecao, but Cesar feared for his starting status. "Cesar needs minutes before the World Cup and Toronto can give them to him," said a source close to the player.
Cesar has been Scolari's first choice since the manager took over the Selecao for a second stint in November 2012.
At 34, Cesar won back the place he lost after the 2010 World Cup thanks to Scolari's desire to bring more experienced players to the young group he inherited from Mano Menezes.
Cesar repaid his faith by becoming one of the leaders in the group and putting on important displays for Brazil, such as a penalty save against Uruguay in the semifinals of last year's Confederations Cup.
Scolari's final World Cup team selection is due May 7.
Before agreeing to a move to the MLS, Cesar had been reportedly approached by a string of European sides, including former employers Inter Milan, with whom he won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
All suitors, though, balked at the player's wages and conditioned the move to a pay cut. The demand also stalled chances of a return to Brazil, where Cesar had been linked to Southern side Gremio.
Toronto recently added U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley from Roma as well as England's Jermaine Defoe from Tottenham and 24-year-old Brazilian forward Gilberto.
The MLS season begins March 15.