Kolarov May Lead the Roma Defense Next Season

The Serbian star could stay at Roma next season and he may be the real leader of the defense after Manolas’ departure. Kolarov could play different roles.

The Giallorossi are closing in on Gianluca Mancini but the Italian defender may not be able to lead the Roma defensive line. The player, who did great things last year at Atalanta, could move close to the Colosseum in the next few days. He should be the real replacement of Kostas Manolas.

Paulo Fonseca‘s defense needs a new leader though. Aleksandar Kolarov may be the dragging force of the group led by the Portuguese man. Although Kolarov will turn 34 in November, physically he is fit and with his experience, he can still make the difference. He may not be the right man to push forward on the left flank continuously, but Fonseca could play him as a center-back instead.

Rumors from Turkey were linking the captain of the Serbian national team to Fenerbahce but the player is reportedly not happy to move there. Recently, football pundits are reporting on his willingness to remain in the eternal city until the natural expiration of his contract, 2020.

Roma needs new defenders to cope with the expected departure of its best center-back, Kostas Manolas. The Greek man joined Napoli a few days ago bringing €36 million in the coffers of the Lupi. Petrachi is currently screening the market to find the right defenders for the next campaign and Mancini seems to be very close to joining the club of Trigoria.

But the Giallorossi may also need another player to strengthen their defensive line properly. Gianluca Mancini may not be enough and Kolarov could be his perfect colleague. If the Serbian star will lead the defensive operations, Petrachi needs to find another left-back and Ismaily would be Fonseca’s first choice.

The future of Aleksandar Kolarov is still uncertain. The player has only one year left on his contract and this summer would be the best moment to trade him out to make profits. But the new sporting director of the Giallorossi knows that he may be very useful for the growth of the many youngsters in Fonseca’s roster.

It is going to be a very tough decision for the Italian side. Should Roma trade him out and replace him with a new younger player or should he be kept in the Italian capital to lead the young group of the Portuguese coach?


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A Roman between New York, Philadelphia, and Rome achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Collaborated with Calciomercato.it & Calcio e Finanza | Reported on Major League Soccer | Featured on Bleacher Report & OneFootball EN.

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