Whether or not a deal can be struck for Thiago Motta remains to be seen but the intent on acquiring his services is more than justifiable.
The player’s agent claims that his client has agreed to the transfer by telling Radio Crc; “The boy has given his blessing to the transfer to PSG”. Despite these remarks, Internazionale Coach Claudio Ranieri picked him in the starting-11 during the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 defeat away to Napoli in the Coppa Italia last night – playing 76 minutes before being substituted.
The combative midfielder has somewhat stagnated in Italy this season and the possibility of him making a move to the French capital looks more than probable. Helping the Italians win the UEFA Champions League back in 2010, he had been a predominant figure in two previous seasons but has only made 13 appearances this campaign.
It has been speculated for the past week that the club have been in pursuit of the Brazilian who has more than hinted his interest in a move by lauding the city of Paris. He told reporters last week; “I do not know my future, there are eight days left (in the transfer window) and anything can happen. Paris? It is a beautiful city, but nothing is sure yet. I am fine in Milan”.
At 29 years of age he would certainly bring a wealth of experience and a tremendous pedigree. Playing for one of Italy’s elite entities and having represented Barcelona in a six-year spell from 2001-2007 before moving to Genoa, he has acquired 10 major honours to his name.
Parisian Coach Carlo Ancelotti clearly sees Motta as a missing link in a three man midfield, lining up alongside Mohamed Sissoko with perhaps Mathieu Bodmer or Blaise Matuidi making up the trio. Essentially, he will have Motta and Sissoko sitting just in front of the back four and maybe bringing Pastore further infield. However, due to the Argentine’s absence – out for a month with a muscle tear – those plans will need to be put on ice. Motta’s presence and experience is something needed to tighten things up in the middle of the park and complement Sissoko who has really come into his own in the last two months or so. The Malian international has not been able to form a solid partnership with the likes of Clement Chantome, Bodmer or Matuidi due to injuries or lack of form so the possibility of partnering him with Motta makes perfect sense.
If the player does indeed make the switch, it is reported that a fee of €10m will do the trick. Director of football Leonardo is in discussions with his former employers regarding a deal and ironically coached Motta last season when he was implemented as Coach at the back end of 2010, winning a domestic cup in the process. Something similar at the Parc des Princes would be more than welcomed.