Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have reportedly highlighted defender Aleksandar Kolarov as one of their summer transfer targets according to the Daily Mail.
Manchester City's Serbian left-back arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Lazio for a fee of £19 million back in 2010 and is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Premier League champions.
Despite playing second fiddle to teammate Gael Clichy for much of his time in Manchester, 28-year-old Kolarov made himself first-choice under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, featuring in 30 of the Citizens' Premier League games and contributing seven assists and a goal on their way to the title.
Such form has led to interest from around Europe with Roma and Juventus linked with possibly taking the dead-ball specialist back to Italy although Bayern Munich have now emerged as contenders for the Serb’s signature.
Austrian international and Bayern youth graduate David Alaba cemented himself as Die Bayern’s first choice left-back under Jupp Heynckes and has continued to impress under new coach Pep Guardiola despite being just 21-years-old.
There is, however, little in the way of quality in reserve for the Bundesliga champions while Alaba has the versatility to play in a number of positions including the middle of the park and Guardiola may feel the youngster has the potential to perform the kind of role taken up by Philipp Lahm last season.
Kolarov’s attacking intent would be well suited to a Bayern team that spend much of their games probing for openings in the opposition half and the Serb’s ability to deliver a ball of outstanding quality from the left-hand side makes him an attractive prospect and would give them a more direct route to goal as another option from the tiki-taka football that saw coach Guardiola come under fire last season.
One man sure to be excited by Kolarov’s potential arrival is new acquisition Robert Lewandowski. The six foot Polish striker scored just one of his 20 Bundesliga goals with his head for Borussia Dortmund last season despite his aerial prowess, a figure he would surely improve upon with Kolarov’s delivery from the flanks.
City would be left somewhat short if Kolarov were to depart with Clichy struggling to capture the form that made him such an outstanding young talent in his formative days under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Pellegrini’s might not be too concerned by rumours of the 28-year-old departing this summer with neighbours Manchester United seemingly unopposed in their pursuit of Southampton and England wonderkid Luke Shaw and no obvious links to the likes of Alberto Moreno.
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