After an eight-year spell at Manchester City, defender Pablo Zabaleta is reportedly considering his future with the club.
The Daily Mail report that Inter Milan are interested in signing the 31-year-old full-back, who is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad.
If he were to swap Manchester for Milan it would mean linking up with former City boss Roberto Mancini whom he won an FA Cup and Premier League title under.
The Argentina international was sidelined with knee and medial ligament injuries for much of last season, making only 13 Premier League appearances and losing his regular starting place to Bacary Sagna.
Zabaleta would be set to provide back up for Sagna this season and may wish to depart in a quest for first-team football.
There’s also a belief that new City boss Guardiola will sign younger full-back options before the season gets under way, who are more adaptable to his playing style, which would provide further restrictions to Zabaleta’s playing time.
The ex-Espanyol man’s agent, Federico Pastorello, was asked about the defender’s future, by Telelombardia (via Sky Sports) earlier this month.
“Zabaleta has another year’s deal at Manchester City, I understand Pep Guardiola has been confirmed but the opportunities in the market are endless. Should there be other opportunities, we will evaluate.”
The 31-year-old has made more than 300 appearances for City since joining from Espanyol in 2008 and is a popular figure at the Etihad, where fans would certainly be sad to see him go.
However, the lure of reuniting with Mancini, and gaining regular playing time, could be enough to sway the Argentinian.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena