The one position Mancini must strengthen this summer

Roberto Mancini has already managed to insert three new additions to his Manchester City side this summer. Jerome Boateng, David Silva and Yaya Toure have all been acquired so far, but has the scarf wearing Italian neglected the one area that really needs attention…the left-back position?

City fans will no doubt be glad to see Mancini obtaining such big stars as the Eastlands club prepare to match their ambitions this season, but surely they will need a more reputable left sided full back? City already have Wayne Bridge and Javier Garrido on their books, but none of them are intensely feared or renowned to be a big-name in the game. Mancini has perceptibly accepted that the area does need strengthening this summer and this is evident as the Italian has newly shown an interest in Serbian international Aleksandar Kolarov.

The Lazio defender has many admirers around Europe and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A this summer. The City boss has identified the Serbian as the man to reinforce the back-line at the Eastland’s club for the upcoming season. However, City may face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the player’s signature, but do stand a good chance of fending off the Spanish Giants.

Kolarov featured in this summers World Cup finals in South Africa and was definitely one of Serbia’s better performers in the tournament. The 6’ 2’’ Serbian is an accomplished left-back by trade, but can also play left midfielder if required. The full-back is known for his bombing runs forward, strength and acquires a powerful shot as well. He has been with Lazio since 2007 where he has featured on a regular basis. Kolarov has managed to make 82 appearances so far for Lazio and has bagged 6 goals along the way as well.

The 24-year-old has recently refused a contract extension with Lazio, which almost certainly means that the Serbian is ready to make a move this summer. The Biancazzurri president Claudio Lotito is willing to let the player leave, but only for the right price:

“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.”

Earlier this week, reports surfaced in Italy that Real Madrid did table a £12 million bid for the services of Kolarov but were unsuccessful in their pursuit. Money certainly doesn’t seem to be an issue for City and Mancini these days, and the Light Blues are highly likely to turn their interest into a bid sooner rather than later, especially with Mancini expressing his admiration for the powerful player.

Roberto Mancini’s next signing should definitely be a left-sided defender, especially having looked at their current options in this position. Kolarov looks to be a good player, and because of his stature would make a good addition to the Manchester side as well as the Premier League. If Mancini does decide to obtain the Serbian’s services this summer, then it would surely be his smartest signing to date. However, is Kolarov the best left-back that City can attain this summer? It’s debatable that’s for sure.

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