Serbia defender ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV (3) of Italian side SS Lazio of Rome does not appear noticeably too distressed after being whistled for a foul on Germany winger THOMAS MUELLER (13) of Bayern Munich during the World Cup Group D match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images East)
The unmatched spending spree in the Premiership continues as MANCHESTER CITY have splashed out a reported 18.9 million English pounds to complete the signing of Serbia World Cup defender ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV from Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome.
The payout represents a windfall for the Roman club, who, themselves, had purchased the 24-year-old from Serbian side OFK Beograd in the summer of 2007 for a paltry 800,000 Euros; the Serbia international (15 caps, 0 goals) spent three seasons at SS Lazio and appeared in 82 Serie A games, scoring six goals.
Kolarov, who reportedly signed a five-year contract with Manchester City, started and played all ninety minutes of Serbia’s final two matches against Germany and Ghana at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I want two top-class players for each position,” stated Manchester City’s Italian manager, ROBERTO MANCINI.
This in response to conjecture concerning an imminent departure of England international left back WAYNE BRIDGE, poached from FC Chelsea for 12.0 million English pounds just twelve months ago, from the Eastlands club.
Kolarov becomes the fourth participant from this past 2010 World Cup in South Africa acquired by money-bags Manchester City, thought to have spent in excess of 80 million English pounds on said international players, this off-season summer :
27.000 — mf – YaYa TOURE ————— Ivory Coast — FC Barcelona (Spa)
25.875 — mf – David SILVA —————– Spain — CF Valencia (Spa)
18.900 — df – Aleksandar KOLAROV — Serbia — SS Lazio Rome (Ita)
11.250 — df – Jerome BOATENG ——— Germany — SV Hamburg (Ger)