Roma have struck a verbal agreement with Manchester City to sign left-back Aleksandar Kolarov after Pep Guardiola confirmed that the 31-year-old is “one step” from a move earlier today.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia now reports that the two sides have agreed a deal, which will be ratified shortly and see the Italian club pay an initial €5million with a further €1.5million to follow in bonuses, making it a potential €6.5million (£5.8million) transfer.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 21, 2017
Kolarov, who is about to enter the final year of his Man City deal, will sign a three-year contract with I Giallorossi in what will be a fairly controversial move given he has publicly stated his love for former club and Roma’s local rivals, Lazio.
Kolarov: "Seriously when I finish my adventure at the City it would be nice to re-embrace the Biancocelesti colors. Forza Lazio."
— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 26, 2017
An ever-present since joining in 2010, Kolarov was part of City’s new golden era, playing his part in the drought-ending FA Cup win of 2010, both Premier League title triumphs, and also winning the League Cup twice.
Last season, Pep Guardiola began to use him more as a centre-back, leading to a sudden change of position for the player, but reports suggest that he’ll revert to being a full-back at Roma.