Napoli, Juventus & Galatasaray interested in Manchester City defender Kolarov

The full-back's contract expires at the end of next season but he is happy at the Etihad Stadium and the club are planning to discuss an extension in the coming months
By Marco Giordano

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is being chased by Napoli, Juventus and Galatasaray, Goal understands.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is a known admirer of the Serbia international and enquired about the full-back’s availability back in December, ahead of the January transfer window.

Serie A leaders Juventus have tried in vain to tie up a loan deal on two separate occasions.

Former City manager Roberto Mancini, now in charge of Galatasaray, is also keeping tabs on the situation and is keen on linking up with the left-back once again.

Kolarov moved to the Etihad Stadium from Lazio in 2010 and has previously spoken of his desire to move back to Serie A.

The Serb's current contract expires next summer, but City are planning to sit down with the Serbian to discuss an extension in the coming months.

And the Premier League side are in no rush to do business with Napoli after relations between the clubs soured last summer when City failed to sign Edinson Cavani, who eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain for around €63 million (£54.4m).

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also keen to keep hold of the 28-year-old, who is happier at Eastlands having earned a regular starting berth, whether at left-back or on the left of midfield.

Kolarov has already made 34 appearances for the Blues this term, scoring four times, and was part of the side that tasted their first silverware of the season on Sunday by beating Sunderland 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final.