By Amir Mir
Roma have offered a three-year contract to Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, according to a report.
Insidefutbol, citing Sky Italia, claim the Serie A giants have identified the Manchester City defender as a top target and reportedly have a verbal agreement in place.
The two-time Premier League winner signed for the Manchester club in 2008 from Spanish side Espanyol, where he has been a firm fans favourite at the Etihad as he has notched up 301 appearances for the club.
But the 31-year-old has suffered injuries and poor form over the last 18 months, which have reduced his first-team appearances. Zabelata has a year left on his City contract and it seems a move away from England is imminent.
It is claimed that City have allowed the right-back to talk to any clubs if an offer is on the table and, with Roma offering a verbal deal, there is hope a transfer can be pushed through as soon as possible.
The Argentine international made 13 Premier League appearances in the recently concluded season, the least amount of games he has played for the club since joining in 2008 and with new manager Pep Guardiola prepared to let him go, it seems a deal for the experienced full-back is soon to be completed.
In other Manchester City news, Guardiola has prepared a mega bid in part-exchange for an England international.