Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov is on the verge of a return to Italian football as Inter Milan close in on the Serbian international.
Kolarov found his position in the Manchester City defence increasingly marginalised following the arrival of Gael Clichy from Arsenal in July 2011, and Inter are believed to have won the race for his signature, Corriere dello Sport reports.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini last month stated that the 26-year-old Serbian remained in his plans, despite only making 12 first team appearances last campaign as City lifted the Premier League crown.
"We have very good players and there are many clubs interested in them, which means that we have done our jobs well,” Mancini said at the end of last month. “We know his [Kolarov's] value well and we want to keep him."
Serie A champions Juventus have also held an interest in signing Kolarov, but the Italian newspaper suggests the Nerazzurri are in advanced talks with the Serbian, as they look recruit a potential replacement for Maicon, who is expected to leave the club with Real Madrid touted as the most likely destination for the Brazilian.
Inter have also shown interest in Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong, another former highly-regarded player at the Etihad Stadium who has been reduced to a tangential figure over the past year.
Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni is reportedly interested in linking the hard-tackling Dutchman back up with his compatriot Wesley Sneijder in the heart of Inter’s midfield.