Thiago Motta beats deadline to join PSG
PSG have announced the deadline-day signature of Inter's Italian international midfielder Thiago Motta, the 29-year-old signing a three-and-a-half-year deal worth €10 million with Carlo Ancelotti's Ligue 1-topping side.
On Tuesday Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo ended the club's winter transfer window trading on a high with the capture of the former Barcelona midfielder just hours before the midnight deadline.
Motta was a priority target for PSG and in the end hinged on Inter's securing two loan signings before being prepared to let him go. In order to speed up the process, PSG doctors travelled to Milan to perform the obligatory medical examinations, with the green light coming in the late afternoon on Tuesday.
Italian international Motta (six caps) brings a wealth of experience with him to the Parc des Princes, having won almost every club prize on offer in a glittering career - two Champions League titles (2006, 2010), a World Club Cup (2010), two Spanish league titles (2005, 2006), two Spanish Supercups (2005, 2006), an Italian league title (2010), two Italian Cups (2010, 2011) and one Italian Supercup (2010).
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Motta began his senior career with Barcelona after signing as a youth player from Clube Atlético Juventus at the age of 17. He spent a successful eight years with the Catalan giants, earning three caps for Brazil at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, before persistent knee problems saw him squeezed out of the squad before spending a troubled year with Atlético Madrid.
The powerful midfielder, known for his excellent distribution and powerful shooting, revived his fortunes at Genoa in season 2008-09, securing a move to Italian champions Inter, where his dual Italo-Brazilian citizenship allowed him to be called up to the Italian national team and take part in their successful Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
A firm base
Motta's class is set to increase competition for a place in the centre of PSG's midfield - which already features the likes of Mohamed Sissoko, Mathieu Bodmer, Blaise Matuidi and Clément Chantôme - even further, as Ancelotti looks to build a firm base at the rear of midfield from which his star attackers - Javier Pastore, Jérémy Ménez and Nene - can wreak havoc.