Roma may give up on Kolarov over wage demands

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Roma have reportedly been thwarted in their efforts to sign Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov by the player's wage demands.

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov could be tempted by a summer transfer but one of his major admirers seem unable to pay his wages.

Kolarov was much maligned in his early days at Manchester City, but he improved as the season went on and has won over many of the fans.

However, the Serbian left-back has been fighting a losing battle with Gael Clichy for a regular starting spot and he may look for a club where he can be guaranteed game time next season.

It has also been suggested that Man City being forced to pick a smaller squad for next season's Champions League as a result of breaking Financial Fair Play regulations may mean Kolarov is left out.

Juventus have reportedly been eyeing the 28-year-old but it has been suggested that coach Antonio Conte doesn't see him as the right man for the Bianconeri's bid for European glory.

Roma already appeared to have the advantage in a battle for Kolarov's signature because the Belgrade native spent three years at Lazio and reportedly loves the city of Rome.

However, reports on Sky Italia indicate that Roma are close to giving up on trying to sign Kolarov because they can't meet his wage demands.

Roma have a very tight wage structure and are reluctant to unbalance the books this summer, although they recently exceeded a self-imposed salary cap with gifted midfielder Miralem Pjanic's renewal.

According to Sky Italia, Roma are set to turn to cheaper alternatives and could put some trust in Under-21 international Luca Antei, who is set to return from a loan at Sassuolo.

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