Pep Guardiola was clearly desperately disappointed with his options in defence last season.
After deciding to release Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy, the tika-taka pioneer also opted not to renew fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta’s contract.
Now he’s set to rid himself of yet another full-back by allowing Aleksandar Kolarov to join Roma.
The 31-year-old Serbian defender has been a Man City player since 2010 and was favoured by Guardiola last season, often playing at centre-back as opposed to his usual role at left-back.
Kolarov was left out of City’s squad for their 2-0 loss to rivals Man United in Houston and after the game 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.”
The transfer may be received poorly in Roma by some as Kolarov spent three seasons with Roma’s fierce rivals Lazio between 2007 and 2010.
Kolarov has played 243 games for City over seven seasons and his departure would continue the mass exodus of City’s old guard.
Guardiola has signed Kyle Walker for £50million and is set to add £30million Real Madrid right-back Danilo to the ranks in the next two days.
He is also keen on Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy although the Ligue 1 champions have rejected a £44.5million bid, demanding another £10million.
If City decide to meet Monaco’s £54.5million valuation they will take their spending to £134.5million for the summer on full-backs alone.