Friday, July 16, 2010

Aleksandar Kolarov to Manchester City: 3 Significances of the £17m Deal

Manchester City has finally completed the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio on Thursday (15 July) for a transfer fee of £17 million. The Serbian left back was also in the transfer list of Real Madrid, but City has won the race in the end.

Following his breakthrough year 2007 when he guided Serbia to the final of U-21 European Championship scoring a superb long range winner in the semi final against Belgium, Kolarov has grown into a world class player in his position. He joined Italian outfit Lazio in 2007 from OFK Beograd and played 82 Serie A matches over the last 3 years scoring 6 goals.

Being an expert in taking long range shots, he is known as Serbia’s Roberto Carlos. His attacking intent often contributes to the success of his teams. Overall, the 24-year-old would add much-needed quality to City’s status.

There are at least 3 significances of the £17 million deal agreed between City and Lazio for Aleksandar Kolarov. These are:

1. Aleksandar Kolarov is now just 24 and has many years left in his career. So, Manchester City would be able to get long term service from Kolarov. Moreover, Kolarov is pretty much experienced too after playing 3 seasons for Lazio.

2. With Kolarov joining Manchester City, Real Madrid would now be more desperate to complete the signing of Chelsea left back Ashley Cole. Cole is also believed to be interested in a move to Madrid and Real now would not like to make any delay in their pursuit of securing the England international’s service.

3. As Aleksandar Kolarov signed for City, Real Madrid is now left with Ashley Cole as their only option to strengthen their left back position. Chelsea is also pretty much aware of the situation and would like to capitalize on it by making some quick cash in on Cole. Chelsea is reportedly asking a hefty £35 million for the 29-year-old.

After signing two full backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng as well as two midfielders Yaya Toure and David Silva, it is pretty much clear that City’s only focus is now on strengthening its attacking line up and Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko are currently two of their prime targets.

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