Roma showing interest in impressive Manchester City defender - report

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Reports from Italy suggest that AS Roma are interested in bringing Aleksandar Kolarov to the Eternal City for next season's Champions League campaign.

After enjoying a good season for Manchester City, Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov is reportedly a target for AS Roma this summer, claim Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer of 2015 and City manager Manuel Pellegrini could be interested in selling the left-back if the price is right.

This season Kolarov has been sharing the left-back role with Gael Clichy, but the Serbian has got the better of the former Arsenal defender, causing him to lose his place in France’s international set-up.

Only David Silva and Jesus Navas have provided more assists than the six that Kolarov has managed this season. He has started 19 games this campaign compared to the 17 by Clichy. It has been an upturn in form since his 11 appearances last term when he only managed two assists and a solitary goal. It could be the form of this season that could lead City to sell.

Rudi Garcia has done an excellent job at Roma since joining from Lille last summer. They are very likely to finish second this season and with that qualify for the Champions League group stage. Kolarov would be a great option in adding some European experience to their squad.

This campaign Roma’s starting left-back has been the 22-year-old Brazilian Dodo. The Brazil Under-20 international joined the Italian outfit in 2012 and has made his way into the first-team, fighting off Federico Balzaretti and Alessio Romagnoli to make 14 starts. He is more known for the defensive side and has only managed one assist this campaign.

Dodo’s inexperience and the extra option that Kolarov would bring would make the Serbian an excellent option for Roma boss Garcia. For Manchester City to sell, they must have their eye on an immediate replacement, possibly Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Digne or Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa.

Pellegrini may also join the race for Southampton’s young and very talented defender Luke Shaw. They would have to beat off interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United, but they would definitely want to have a replacement in place before letting Kolarov go to Italy this summer.

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