Wednesday, 1 July 2009

[Mercato] Motta trades Genoa for Inter

Two days after Diego Milito swapped Genoa for Inter, Thiago Motta has followed suit, with three promising Inter youngsters moving the other way in exchange for the Brazilian midfielder.

Thiago MottaMilito arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza on Monday in a cash plus swap deal with Italy Under-21 forward Robert Acquafresca and the clubs have been back to the negotiating table again, once more trading proven experience for youthful promise.

Inter's latest old head comes in the shape of the 26-year-old Motta, who has signed a four-year deal with the Serie A titleholders, while midfielder Francesco Bolzoni, centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and striker Riccardo Meggiorini have all joined Genoa.

Motta departs the Rossoblu just 12 months after arriving from Atletico Madrid. That switch concluded an injury-ravaged end to a decade in Spain, in which he collected two Liga titles and the 2006 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona.

The move across the Balearic Sea has brought an upturn in fortunes, however, Motta scoring six goals in 27 Serie A appearances last term and ultimately attracting the interest of Champions League hopefuls Inter.

Genoa, meanwhile, are among the UEFA Europa League entrants and they continued their squad rebuilding by bringing in striker Sergio Floccari from Atalanta and Ivan Fatic from Chievo, both for undisclosed fees.

The 27-year-old Floccari scored 12 goals in 33 league games last term when Montenegrin U21 international Fatic had loan spells in Serie B with Vicenza and Salernitana.

Chievo will retain half of the playing licence of the defender who was, by coincidence, on Inter's books until the start of the month.

Source: UEFA

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