Lazio want £18.7m for cool Kolarov

The Serbia international is under contract at the Rome outfit until

June 2011 but has attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs

after turning in strong displays since joining from OFK Beograd in

2007. Italian media recently reported that Lazio had turned down a

£12million bid from Madrid for the 24-year-old left-back, and

Lotito claimed earlier this week that the player could leave at the

right price. “In my opinion, he is worth as much as [Lazio striker

Mauro] Zarate, who we paid 22.5million euros for,” said Lotito, who

added that the player was not actively seeking a move away from the

Serie A club. “Kolarov has not asked to be transferred,” Lotito

continued. “He has only expressed an ambition to continue his

career at a superior club. “From our part, we have never put the

player on the transfer market.”