Aleksander Kolarov Signs For Manchester City

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJuly 24, 2010

NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 14:  Aleksander Kolarov of Serbia in action during the UEFA U21 Championship, group B match between Czech Republic U21 and Serbia U21 at the Goffert Stadium on June 14, 2007 in Nijmegen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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It’s official. Aleksander Kolarov has joined Manchester City for a fee of around £14.1 m.

This news has ended days of speculation surrounding the player after he failed to turn up for Lazio's pre-season medical examinations.

Reports suggested that Italian side Juventus were posed to make a late attempt to hijack the bid, but these rumours never materialised and the player become a blue earlier on Saturday.

He joins David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng as the new arrivals at the highly ambitious Premier League club.

With the signing of Kolarov comes another key component in a successful side, strength and depth.

Roberto Mancini was quick to point out that even though he was an admirer of his new acquisition, Wayne Bridge was still a major part in his plans and that there is no guarantee that Kolarov will be first choice left-back.

Kolarov was a wanted man in the European market, and a number of high profile teams were interested in the Serbian.

This is quite a coup for City, as they continue to flex their financial muscles in the over-inflated market.

The player will bring this team a solid figure on the left hand-side. He and David Silva could possibly forge one of the most lethal partnerships down the left flank in Europe.

The player is a good defender, loves to shoot and has the ability to fill in as a left winger.

He is on another level to Bridge, and in reality Mancini knows that unless injury occurs, Kolarov will be the starting left-back against Tottenham in the season opener.

So that's another transfer complete.

Manchester City will be certainly a force to be reckoned with in the up and coming season.