Thursday, 21 May 2009

[Mercato] Genoa pair poised to join Inter

Genoa have confirmed Diego Milito and Thiago Motta are both set to join Italian champions Inter this summer.

Diego Milito (left) & Thiago Motta (right)The two players have been key members of a Genoa team that have challenged for a top-four finish in Serie A this season and guaranteed a place in next year's inaugural UEFA Europa League.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho recently admitted the club were closing in on Argentine ace Milito and now a deal has been agreed to see both him and Motta make the switch to the San Siro.

As part of the deal the Nerazzurri have allowed Robert Acquafresca, who is currently on loan at Cagliari, to move to Genoa.

"We have been left without two important players," said Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi. "I met Inter President (Massimo) Moratti for breakfast and we reached an agreement.

"It has been a painful choice but we have to thank the two players for what they have given the team this year."

The 29-year-old Milito returned to Genoa last summer from Spanish side Real Zaragoza and has been in sensational form.

The Argentina forward is the Grifoni's top scorer with 20 goals this season.

Motta, meanwhile, has been a regular in Gian Piero Gasperini's squad since joining the club last year after a spell with Atletico Madrid.

"As part of the deal, we will get a financial sum and some players," continued Preziosi. "I can only say the name of Acquafresca, who we have followed for the past few months."

Preziosi also revealed Genoa have agreed a deal to sign Atalanta ace Sergio Floccari, claiming they have beaten Napoli to the striker's signature.

"We've already signed Floccari for 11 million euros, beating Napoli," added Preziosi.

Source: Sky Sports

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