A third update in 24 hours from Italy on Pablo Zabaleta has emerged courtesy of the world renowned Gazzetta dello Sport. Sky Italia broke the news of Roma’s interest last night, before TMW reported today that Roma have already offered the Argentine a three-year deal.
Tonight, Gazzetta also confirm strong interest from Rome in Zabaleta and has some numbers to go with it. Given good relations between City and Roma, they believe Zabaleta could join the Serie A side for a fee of between €5 million (£3.8 million) and €6 million (£4.6 million). This would be a reasonable amount for a 31-year-old in the last year of his contract.
The main obstacle could be salary, with Roma prepared to offer €2.5 million (£1.9 million) per year plus bonuses. Zabaleta earns more than €3.5 million (£2.7 million) a season at City, so Roma hope a reduced basic wage topped by bonuses would be enough to land them their primary right-back target.
For budgetary reasons, Gazzetta reports that any deal is likely to take place after June 30. That is, of course, if City are willing to sell a true fan favourite and if he approves a move to the Italian capital.