After eight unforgettable years, Manchester City could be about to bid farewell to one of its favourite sons.
Pablo Zabaleta’s move to Roma is missing only an agreement between the two clubs, reports Corriere dello Sport, and if there are no surprises, tomorrow could be when the last obstacles are overcome.
According to the Italian newspaper, everything else is sorted. Zabaleta has agreed to a three-year deal worth €2.5 million net per season, with bonuses on top. With just a year left on the 31-year-old’s contract, City will reportedly let him move to the Italian capital for a fee in the region of €4 million (£3.4 million).
Despite the feel-good factor surrounding the club right now after Pep’s unveiling this afternoon, if this move goes ahead, Zabaleta’s departure will be a sad moment, even if the reality is that his best years have passed.
Pep Guardiola could be looking for new full-backs on either side if Zaba leaves, after reports that Turkish champions Beşiktaş are close to signing Aleksandar Kolarov from City.