Kolarov close to Eastlands switch

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is set to make Lazio's Serbia international left-back Aleksandar Kolarov his fourth capture of the summer.

The 24-year-old, who featured in his country's first two games at the World Cup in South Africa, had been expected to sign for Real Madrid only for Lazio to reject their £12million bid for the player.

It is believed that City will seal the capture of Kolarov for £16million.

Mancini is keen to sign a left-back to provide competition for Wayne Bridge and believes the former OFK Belgrade player is the man for that job.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito was quoted earlier this month as saying:"Kolarov is not a free agent. If it was down to me, I would not sell him.

"But if he wants to leave, he needs to bring an offer from a team that grants a fair economic solution.

"Those that claim that I am asking 50million euros for the player are mistaken. I am ready to discuss a solution that takes into account the wishes of everyone involved.

"Kolarov is a good man and we have no intention to block his career growth but we have to bear in mind the needs of everyone involved. I am available to look at offers."

Mancini has already signed Valencia's Spain international David Silva, Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure from Barcelona this summer.

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