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Roma Closing in on Kolarov?

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The veteran could be a savvy move for Roma.

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Yes, this is another Roma transfer rumor post targeted on a left back, I shit you not. From Lucas Digne to Jeremy Toljan to Antonio Barreca to Mattia De Sciglio to some guy named Wendell, Monchi has reportedly been keeping tabs on nearly every left back on the continent; the old, the young, the established, the up and comers. Roma may be accused of being a supermarket for the truly elite, but they’re nothing if not thorough shoppers themselves.

The latest, and if you believe the rumors most probable, name on that shopping list is Manchester City’s 31-year-old Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov, who you may remember from his time with Lazio about a decade ago. Kolarov made a sixteen million pound move (how quaint) to City in July of 2010 and has been a mainstay ever since, garnering over 240 appearances and scoring over 20 goals in the process.

Known for his well-rounded game and Christmas cheer, Kolarov has done precious little to warrant a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium other than age, but City’s loss could be Roma’s temporary gain. At 31-years-old, Kolarov is what he is and wouldn’t hamper the development of either Emerson Palmieri or (eventually) Luca Pellegrini. Couple that with his still solid play and Kolarov could be an ideal play, proving Eusebio Di Francesco with some much needed short term cover, while his big game experience should help the club survive multiple competitions.

Word on the streets is that Kolarov is rapidly approaching life in Rome, with the two clubs hashing out the particulars of a €7 million loan + mandatory buy type of deal. Kolarov may not be the exciting, young name many hoped for, but he brings some much needed Serie A, no to mention title winning, experience to the club.