Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has agreed personal terms with Serie A side Roma, according to reports.
Zabaleta has been at City since 2008, joining one day before Sheikh Mansour completed his mega money takeover of the Citizens, and has made over 200 appearances.
The Argentine has less than a year left on his contract and is keen for a new challenge, despite Pep Guardiola taking over this summer.
Zabaleta has attracted plenty of interest from Italy, with Inter Milan interested in his services as well, but Roma have won the race and the former Espanyol defender is expected to complete the move for around £3-4 million.
The Giallorossi report back for pre-season training on Thursday, so the deal may go through by the end of the week.
The 31-year-old is expected to sign a three year deal worth £40,000 a week, which seems criminally low for a player of his quality.
Considering Raheem Sterling earns £200,000 per week, Zabaleta’s wage seems incredibly small, considering his years of service and the fact that he’s City’s vice captain.
Either way, it’s a bargain for Roma and they’ll be getting a top player at a bargain price, so good on them.
And seeing as he’s an accomplished defender joining a notoriously defensive minded league, this one seems a no-brainer to us.
Corriere Dello Sport