Regardless of his recent addition of a Premier League winner’s medal, Aleksandar Kolarov could well be on his way out of the Manchester City dressing room this summer but a Premier League future is still on the cards as Chelsea emerge as potential employers.
Kolarov is believed to have become disillusioned with his chances of first-team football at the Etihad Stadium and is reportedly open to a move away from the club as he searches for a starting spot.
Chelsea look set to hand Ryan Bertrand a loan deal at Reading, meaning that a space will open up at left-back.
31 year-old Ashley Cole is still a top talent amongst Premier League defenders but injuries and age are starting to tell and it’s only a matter of time until performances begin to drop.
Should Kolarov complete a move to Stamford Bridge, he wouldn’t be alone amongst international compatriots with Branislav Ivanovic already amongst the Blues’ playing staff.
Having made just twenty starts this season, Kolarov still boasts impressive statistics after scoring four goals and making seven assists in the title-winning campaign.
However, the performances of Gael Clichy have earned the Frenchman a place in Roberto Mancini’s immediate plans and the former Arsenal star currently occupies the left-back berth.
Jose Bosingwa is being tipped for a move away from Stamford Bridge, making way for a new raft of signings at Chelsea following their disappointing Premier League season.
Money is never completely unavailable under Roman Abramovich and Kolarov would be expected to command a similar £16m price-tag that he moved to City for in 2010, but perhaps somewhere closer to the £10m mark.
A potential hitch is the interest from former club Lazio, who are thought to be interested in re-signing their former star.
To make matters worse, the Serbian would apparently favour a move back to Italy, making for a tougher test of Chelsea’s resolve.