City move fast to thwart late Juventus bid for Kolarov

Transfer talk

Manchester City are confident they will see off a late bid from Juventus and sign Lazio's Aleksandar Kolarov this weekend as they continue to close on James Milner.

City have been tracking Kolarov all summer and thought they had beaten off competition from Real Madrid to a £17m deal, but Lazio yesterday revealed that other clubs were interested in the Serbian left-back.

The Juventus coach, Luigi del Neri, is looking for a new left-back as the Turin club rebuild after a disappointing season in Serie A. "The priority is to see if there are players who can improve the defence," Del Neri said yesterday.

As recently as Thursday, Lazio's sporting director, Igli Tare, insisted that there were no problems with the deal, but the Lazio president, Claudio Lotito, muddied the picture yesterday by apparently opening the door to Juventus.

"If Juventus are interested and present an adequate offer, anything can still happen," Lotito said. "Everyone has a price."

However, the City manager, Roberto Mancini, hopes to complete a deal for Kolarov this weekend and wants to stop the transfer becoming the sort of saga that has dogged their efforts to sign Mario Balotelli from Internazionale.

Although the European champions expect the striker to leave San Siro, they are not happy with the £23m offered by City and want a further £5m. The club president, Massimo Moratti, has indicated that Inter will not budge on the asking price of £28m and is courting other offers.

"At this moment there are contacts with Manchester City, but we must find an agreement that satisfies both us and them," Moratti said. "Roberto Mancini says that we raised the price? No, we ask what we think is right – nothing exaggerated. However, we are evaluating other offers. We are looking at offers, but there is no final decision on my part."

City are confident that Aston Villa will drop their £30m valuation for Milner after their manager, Martin O'Neill, admitted that the England midfielder wants to leave. City's veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira feels that Milner would be a significant addition at Eastlands and thinks that his club's pulling power is growing all the time.

"Milner is a terrific player," Vieira said. "Of course, it is not my place to say if he has to come or not, but when you look at players we have around it will be good. The attraction of City is that the future is fantastic. We have a really competitive team and I think every single player will want to play for City because the future is bright for City."

Portsmouth

The club's transfer embargo has been lifted to allow the squad to be increased to 20 players. Manager Steve Cotterill is expected to target Ibrahima Sonko, previously released goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown and defender Stephen Jordan.

Manchester Utd

Nemanja Vidic has signed a new contract worth £90,000 per week , extending the Serbian centre-half's deal to 2014. "I am very pleased to confirm that we have agreed terms with Nemanja," the United chief executive, David Gill, said.

Crystal Palace

The Eagles are set to come out of administration after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs yesterday declined to protest against their Company Voluntary Agreement. Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle said: "This is now the beginning of the end of the rescue of Crystal Palace FC."

Wigan Athletic

The club have confirmed the signing of Scotland Under-21 midfielder James McArthur for £500,000. The Scot joins from Hamilton. "James is a really exciting prospect," manager Roberto Martinez said. "We are all delighted that he has chosen to join Wigan."

Coventry City

Veteran midfielder Lee Carsley will join the Sky Blues on a one-year deal from Birmingham City. The 36-year old becomes manager Aidy Boothroyd's fifth signing of the summer. "He has played at the highest level and knows what is required to win on a regular basis," Boothroyd said.

Sunderland

The Argentine full-back Marcos Angeleri has finally joined the club from Estudiantes after his passport problems were resolved. "The reports we've had on him from Argentina were all outstanding," the Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, said of the 27-year-old. "He'll bring something extra to our squad."

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas