Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini steps up interest in Lazio star Aleksandar Kolarov

29 June 2010 08:23
Serb in the City: Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov[LNB]Manchester Cityare pressing aheadwith their interest inLazio left backAleksandar Kolarovafter his move to RealMadrid stalled. [LNB]Sportsmail revealedlast week Lazio hadlined up Portsmouth'sNadir Belhadj asKolarov's replacementbut fully expected theSerb to follow JoseMourinho to Madrid. [LNB]However, Real haveoffered £12million forthe 24-year-old wellshort of Lazio's £22mvaluation. [LNB]Negotiationswere expected toresume yesterday buthis agent, ErnestoBronzetti, said a dealwould be difficult. [LNB]City, as ever, are waryof being used to hikethe price but havealready offered around£15m, and the playerhas told team-mateshe is interested in Cityif his dream move toMadrid cannot besalvaged. [LNB]Roberto Mancini is abig fan of the tall,powerful Kolarov, whocan also play midfield. [LNB]The City manager ispiecing his new sidetogether, with deals forYaya Toure and DavidSilva expected to beratified this week andJames Milner to follow. [LNB]Mancini has also notgiven up on Wolfsburgstriker Edin Dzeko.Portsmouth officialswere in Rome a joint £8m deal.[LNB] Lazio close in on £8m deal for Pompey pair Belhadj and Prince-BoatengWest Ham start fight for Arsenal target Remy as Nice reject £10m offerBirmingham turn attention to Wallace after Fulham reject Konchesky bidFulham and Blackpool on alert as Simpson is told he can leave Arsenal [LNB] 

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