Arsenal are pondering a summer raid on rivals Manchester City for defender Aleksandar Kolarov, [football] direct news understands. A source close to the Emirates Stadium told FDN hopes are high that they can pull off a cut-price deal, as the left-back will have only one year remaining on his contract when the transfer window reopens. A City insider claimed the League Cup winners still hope to extend the 28-year-old’s stay in Manchester, but a fresh deal is yet to be thrashed out. Kolarov would provide competition for the likes of Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal if he joins Arsene Wenger’s side, offering a more attacking outlet down the left channel. The free-kick specialist arrived at City almost four years ago in a 19million move from Serie A outfit Lazio, and has since won the Premier League title, FA Cup and League Cup. He has jumped ahead of Gael Clichy in the pecking order under boss Manuel Pellegrini this term.