Aleksandar Kolarov isn’t even officially a Roma player yet, with the left-back expected to sign a contract in Boston imminently, ending his seven-year stint at Manchester City.
However, this transfer is controversial with Kolarov a former Lazio player who has publicly declared his love for I Biancocelesti in the past. As recently as last month he said he would like to return to the Stadio Olimpico, to play for Lazio, not Roma (who share the ground with their rivals).
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
During today’s friendly against SPAL, Lazio fans unveiled a banner calling Kolarov a ‘worm’ for joining Roma after everything he has said about his former club.
And it isn’t just Lazio fans who are unhappy about this deal – some Roma fans are bemused at a former Lazio star joining them, even seven years after he quit Italy for the Premier League.
An abusive message aimed at Kolarov has been sprayed on a Circus Maximus wall, including the date when he scored for Lazio in their 4-2 win over Roma in the Derby della Capitale. This graffiti allegedly came from a Roma fan.
City and Roma have agreed a deal that will 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. And this deal is sure to add some extra spice to next season’s derby games in Rome…