City close in on Zabaleta

28 August 2008 11:51
Manchester City are set to complete the signing of Espanyol's Pablo Zabaleta, according to reports in Spain. The £5million-rated right-back or defensive midfielder is believed to be in talks with City officials and is expected to join the club ahead of Monday's transfer deadline. The 23-year-old has won a handful of caps for Argentina and was part of their gold medal winning squad at the Beijing Olympics. Zabaleta has also been linked with a move to Juventus this summer following three seasons with Espanyol. Meanwhile, City boss Mark Hughes remains hopeful of landing Shaun Wright-Phillips in a £9million deal with Chelsea. "We're obviously keen to bring him to the club if we can," he revealed. "It is a possibility. We're very hopeful. "If it doesn't happen it won't be for want of trying." However, Hughes appears to have ended his interest in Craig Bellamy after the striker's current club, West Ham United, warned City off making a firm bid for the Wales international.

Source: ESA