Kolarov to be allowed to leave Man City


Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov will be allowed to leave to pursue a move to Serie A club Roma.

The 31-year-old, who joined City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010, was left out of Thursday’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Manchester United.

After the game, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma.

“He has said he wants to leave. I wish him all the best.”

Full-back Kolarov, a Serbia international, has played 247 times for City.

This summer City have signed right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham, with the club keen to add Real Madrid’s 26-year-old full-back Danilo, also a target for Chelsea.

They have also been linked with a bid for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, while a move for Dani Alves broke down as the 34-year-old joined Paris St-Germain.

Meanwhile, West Ham have agreed a deal with German club Bayer Leverkusen to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez for £16m.

The 29-year-old former Manchester United player will now fly to London to finalise personal terms and have a medical with the Hammers.

Meanwhile, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is due to have a medical in the next 48 hours after West Ham agreed a deal with Stoke City.

It is understood Stoke have accepted a fee in the region of £24m.

In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s leading all-time scorer with his 47th international goal.

Hernandez scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015.

He has netted 39 times in 76 matches for the German club.

Arnautovic, 28, joined Stoke from Werder Bremen four years ago and is just 12 months into a four-year contract with the Potters.

He scored seven times in 35 games in all competitions last season.

West Ham signed Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal on Tuesday.


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