After half a decade and five major trophies at the Etihad, Aleksandar Kolarov could soon be plying his trade at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul.
One of Manchester City’s longest serving players, Kolarov is the subject of strong interest from Turkish champions Beşiktaş, who want to bolster their squad for next season’s Champions League.
According to Milliyet, Beşiktaş have made the 30-year-old Serb a primary target this summer and will take concrete steps towards negotiating a deal next week.
The Turkish newspaper claims that Pep Guardiola has a negative opinion of the left-back and told him he can go, and Beşiktaş hope the promise of Champions League football can lure him to Turkey. A potential obstacle, as is so often the case with well-paid City players, is his high salary.
Kolarov earns €5 million per year according to Milliyet, a huge sum for most clubs, but they believe they can work around this by paying him a signing-on fee and other bonuses in exchange for lower annual salary. Beşiktaş will hope to land Kolarov for a reasonable fee, making it easier to meet his financial demands.
The Black Eagles have a plan in case they fail to sign Kolarov in the form of 27-year-old San Lorenzo left-back Emmanuel Más, but it’s the experienced City defender who is their priority and they are hopeful a deal can be done.