Manchester City star is a £5m target for former boss - Reports

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Galatasaray are planning a January bid for Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, according to the Daily Mail.

27-year-old Kolarov, who joined the Premier League title hopefuls from Serie A outfit Lazio in July 2010, has been used somewhat sparingly at the Etihad Stadium in recent months as deputy to first-choice left-back Gael Clichy and does not appear to have much of a long-term future under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

And, according to the Mail, Turkish champions Galatasaray are plotting a winter swoop for the Serbian international.

The Istanbul club, who are now managed by former City boss Roberto Mancini, are reportedly keen to bolster their squad with the signing of Kolarov and are hoping to beat off competition from Italian A giants Juventus to purchase the player for £5 million when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

Given the toxic dressing room atmosphere that was believed to have developed at City during Mancini's reign, it is doubtful that many of City's players will be desperate to re-unite with the deeply divisive Italian. 

However Kolarov, who has earned 43 senior international caps, is believed to be keen to work with Mancini once again.

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