Harry Redknapp expects Júlio César to depart Queens Park Rangers this summer and has handed Rob Green starts in recent fixtures in anticipation of the former England goalkeeper being first choice in the Championship next term.
Júlio César, who had been troubled by a minor back injury, has been overlooked since the defeat at Everton on 13 April and has effectively played his last game for the club as Redknapp starts planning for the future. Green, secured on a free transfer from West Ham last summer only to find himself usurped in the pecking order virtually upon arrival after the Brazilian signed from Internazionale, has now started the last three games and will be facing Newcastle and Liverpool as QPR's season peters out.
Júlio César, who is one of the highest earners at Loftus Road, will be permitted to leave with clubs in Italy and Spain expected to lead the chase for his signature, though Arsenal have been mooted as potential suitors if he indicates a desire to remain in the Premier League. "He's had a little bit of back injury, but it is a difficult one because I don't see him playing here next season so I want to play Rob Green," said Redknapp. "I think Júlio is a player for a top club, a top Italian team, a top Spanish team or a top Premier League team. He is good enough to play anywhere.
"So Rob has come in and done well. Rob will probably be my goalkeeper next season. Júlio is in the Brazil team. He is not a player for the Championship. He has got a World Cup coming up so he needs to be playing in the Premier League or a big league abroad."
Redknapp has been assured he can keep players he feels can hoist QPR back up to the top flight at the first attempt, but will be realistic with his approach after discussions with the owner, Tony Fernandes. The forward Loïc Rémy is expected to leave, with clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur prepared to pay the £8m get-out clause in his contract, while players such as Stéphane Mbia, Adel Taarabt and Christopher Samba will meet the club's hierarchy at the end of the season.
Samba has missed the past two games with a knee injury but, having cost £12m and commanding wages of up to £100,000 a week, he may yet be moved on if interest materialises. "Chris has got an injury, a knee injury, but I don't know what will happen," added Redknapp. "I'd like to keep him, he'd be the best centre-half in the Championship. He had one bad day at Fulham and everyone got on his case. He's a good player and we need him back playing."