Man City news – Kolarov deal almost done, Given confident of opening day return, Inter deny Balotelli move

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Kolarov deal almost done.

Wayne Bridge faces a battle to keep his place in the City side after Lazio accepted a bid of £17m for left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, reports the Telegraph. Kolarov, who made two appearances for Serbia during the World Cup, has yet to agree personal terms with City. But with manager Roberto Mancini appearing to have reached a successful conclusion to his month-long pursuit of the 24 year-old, Bridge’s future at Eastlands now looks increasingly uncertain.

Given confident of opening day return.

Man City goalkeeper Shay Given is confident that he can return to the team for the Premier League opener on August 14th against Tottenham. Joe Hart was expected to start ahead of the Republic of Ireland international, but Given insists the rehab is going well. “If it keeps progressing the way it is then I’m hoping to be playing before we leave America. By the second last game or the last game I should be in with a shout of playing and I’m definitely looking to be ready for the start of the new season. In my own mind I’m really confident that I’ll be fit by August 14”, Given told the Mirror.

Inter deny Balotelli move.

Marco Branca, the Inter technical director, has strongly denied a move to Eastlands for striker Mario Balotelli, but has said that there has been strong interest in the 20 year old, says the Guardian. “The interest in Balotelli from both Manchester clubs is real and very strong, but has not reached an official offer. There will be no meeting with City on Thursday. “Fans can rest easy – great people like Ibrahimovic and Mourinho are gone, but we have a great new staff and no one is bigger than the club. Even Balotelli.”

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