It took longer than expected, but Manchester City have finally completed the signing of Lazio left back Aleksandar Kolarov.
City had been expected to wrap up a deal for the Serbia international for much of this month, but it‘s only now becoming official after the player completed his medical and was granted a work permit. According to Sky Sports, Lazio will receive around £19m for the 24-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal with the club.
Manager Roberto Mancini revealed to the Manchester City’s official site that Kolarov is a player that he’s been impressed with for some time now, from the time he saw his newest signing make his Lazio debut in 2007.
“He was composed on the ball had an excellent delivery with his left foot and was technically very able.
“I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts. His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.
“He also has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield. This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I am looking forward to working with him.”
Kolarov is City’s fourth major signing of the summer, following the purchases of Hamburg SV’s Jerome Boateng, Valencia’s David Silva, Barcelona’s Yaya Toure, and it takes the club’s summer spending over the £80m mark. That figure could soon eclipse the £100m mark, with the club in for Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli and Aston Villa midfielder James Milner.