The Argentina international played against the striker during his time at Espanyol and claims the club's latest signing has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League
The 27-year-old striker agreed a move to the Etihad Stadium following the departure of Carlos Tevez, with Sevilla indicating on Wednesday that he will make the move to England subject to a medical.
Zabaleta says he is excited about the potential arrival of the Spaniard and thinks he will be a big hit at the club when manager Manuel Pellegrini is able to finalise the deal.
"Negredo is someone I've played against — he's a good striker," the Argentina international said. "A typical number nine. I’d say he is similar to Edin Dzeko, a tall player.
"He works very well inside the box or drops deep to receive the ball when he has to."Zabaleta played in La Liga for Espanyol and came up against the Spain international on numerous occasions, and he has seen enough to convince him that he will be able to make an impact in the Premier League.
"He's scored many goals every season in Spain. He did well at Almeria and Sevilla," he continued.
"If he's the one we bring in then it will be because the manager has 100 per cent confidence about him and I would expect him to do well."