Roma's not so secret aim to get younger may have taken one gigantic step forward. Sky Sport are reporting that the Aleksandar Kolarov to Inter Milan deal, which appeared practically out of thin air late last week, is all but done and could be made official early next week. If these reports are true, Kolarov's three-year stint in Roma may be coming to a rather unceremonious ending.
According to Sky, the 34-year-old Kolarov will move to Inter on a €1 million move with a further €500,000 in potential bonuses. You're not likely to fetch much for a 34-year-old full-back in any climate, but that €1 million is quite a step down (at least in terms of percentages) from the €2 million Roma were initially asking.
Signed in the summer of 2017 for €5 million, Kolarov didn't waste much time endearing himself to his new fans, scoring the match winning goal in his debut against Atalanta. And with three goals and nine assists in all competitions during his first season with Roma, many fans quickly forgave him for his Lazio past.
During his three years in Rome, Kolarov would play for three different managers but was a rock for the Giallorossi, logging over 2,700 league minutes in each of his three seasons with the club. Known for his mastery on set-pieces, Kolarov would find the back of the net 19 times in a Roma shirt, while chipping in 16 assists for good measure.
Any way you slice it, his was one of the most successful transfers in the American era. Getting anything for a soon to be 35-year-old fullback with one year remaining on his deal is a plus, and this move should pave the way for young Riccardo Calafiori to earn a definitive role with the club, but a big part of me will be said to see Kolarov go.
Kolarov will likely receive an additional year on his contract, so that gives him two years to knock Juventus down a peg.
Best of luck, Kolarov. Just take it easy on us.