According to the Daily Star, Inter Milan are plotting a cheeky deal for Pablo Zabaleta.
The report claims that the Serie A giants want Manchester City to pay up the rest of Zabaleta’s £80,000 per week contract which expires in 2017, in order to help them seal a cut-price £1.5 million deal.
Zabaleta has long been considered one of the most consistent right-backs in the Premier League yet this season age and fitness problems seems to have ultimately taken their toll.
The Argentine international has made a disappointing 12 Premier League starts over the course of the season, with former Arsenal man Bacary Sagna taking over regular first-team duties in his place.
Many have speculated that Zabaleta is likely to be one of the leading candidates to leave upon Pep Guardiola’s arrival this summer, yet his current contract poses a potential problem.
There are not many clubs around Europe who would be willing to match his salary at the Etihad Stadium, therefore some sort of compromise by either club or player must be made.
The Daily Star claim Inter have come up with a potential solution, although it could end up costing City £3.8 million before they even receive what is likely to be a minimal fee for his signature.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini brought Zabaleta to City during his tenure at the club, an the Italian coach remains a keen admirer and is said to be willing to offer him a fresh start at the San Siro.