Manchester City are understood to be lining up a move for Espanyol's Pablo Zabaleta.
It is reported in Spain that Espanyol met with Zabaleta's agents this week and agreed that they have until 1st August to find him a new club.
Zabaleta wants a move to Italy or England and City are the first to show an interest in the Argentine international.
The 23-year-old - who plays either right-back or right midfield - is currently under contract for another two-years with Espanyol but they are ready to talk terms.
However, Espanyol want £15million for Zabaleta - who has caught the eye this season.
Sporting director Paco Herrera says the club are yet to receive any firm offers for Zabaleta.
"There are many rumours about our players, but we have not received an offer," he said.