Aleksandar Kolarov heads for Manchester City exit door

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Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is on the verge of leaving Manchester City this week, after six years with the club.

The Sun report that the Serbian is to join Besiktas for a fee of £3 million, as Pep Guardiola begins his summer overhaul at the Etihad.

The 30-year-old defender has agreed a £50,000-a-week wage with the Turkish Champions and the club are said to be eager to confirm the deal as quickly as possible, as they want to unveil the player at a fan event at the end of this week.


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Kolarov will end a six-year spell at Manchester City after joining from Lazio for £16 million in 2010. It's fair to say that the club certainly got their money's worth, with the left-back playing 136 games and scoring 10 goals for City.

However, the 30-year-old is not part of Guardiola's plans, and would struggle for game time at the Premier League side next season.

With Guardiola targeting league glory, alongside Champions League success, he's going to need a world-class replacement for Kolarov, who featured frequently in a sky blue shirt last season.

The new manager has been given the task of bringing European glory to the Etihad, and this is his number one priority. Previous Manchester City managers have tried, and failed before losing their jobs, so the Spaniard knows nothing but the best will do next season.

Kolarov has joined a number of Premier League players rumoured to be heading to Turkey, with Liverpool stars Martin Skrtel and Lucas looking just as likely to move to eastern Europe in the coming weeks.

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