Manchester City have reportedly beaten Real Madrid to the signing of Lazio left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, paving the way for Jose Mourinho to move for Chelsea’s unsettled Ashley Cole.
Madrid had a £12 million bid for the Serbian defender rejected last month and have refused to up their offer, instead preferring to pursue a deal for Cole.
That cleared the way for Roberto Mancini to swoop for Kolarov and City are confident of shelling out £15 million for him.
The former Lazio player is currently in the process of overhauling the playing squad at Eastlands and has already brought in Jerome Boateng and David Silva.
James Milner, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko might not be far behind as City prepare for a shot at the Premier League title next season.
Wolfsburg striker Dzeko has admitted he would like the chance to move on as the Bundesliga club look to put off any potential suitors with a price tag of £50 million for the Bosnian.
Dzeko told Kicker magazine: “I now want to represent a big club so I can develop further.
“This has now become my big desire. I hope and I believe VfL (Wolfsburg) will let me leave now,” he added.