Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini revealed Manchester City are '99 per cent certain' of signing Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio.
City have been chasing the Serbian international all summer and they are now close to striking a deal for the left-back.
A number of clubs, including Juventus have been linked with Kolarov, but City are understood to have agreed a fee in the region of £19million for Kolarov.
Kolarov is expected to travel to England next week to have a medical and discuss personal terms and Mancini has admitted the deal is close to being completed.
"He [Aleksandar Kolarov] has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield," Mancini told the club's website.
"This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I was impressed by the speed and strength of someone so young.
"I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts. His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.
"He was composed on the ball, had an excellent delivery with his left foot and was technically very able."
Mancini also rejected reports that Kolarov's impending arrival meant the end for Wayne Bridge at Eastlands.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Bridge, but Mancini insists he wants to keep the left-back at City.
"I want two top class players for each position," added Mancini.