Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday completed the transfer of Brazil-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta from Inter in a deal reportedly worth 10 million euros (US$13.1 million).
PSG did not reveal the details of Motta’s contract, but a club source said that the 29-year-old had signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with an option for a further year at the end of that term.
“A press conference will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 15:30 at Parc des Princes in order to present Thiago Motta,” a club statement said.
However, the path was cleared for Motta to join the Ligue 1 leaders when Inter reached agreements to sign Colombia international midfielder Fredy Guarin and Italy midfielder Angelo Palombo from Porto and Sampdoria respectively.
Motta began his professional career with Barcelona, after moving to Spain while still a 17-year-old.
He went on to play for Atletico Madrid and Genoa, before joining Inter in 2009.
Motta qualified to play for Italy through Italian grandparents and made his Italy debut in February last year, despite having already represented Brazil at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.
Meanwhile, versatile Cameroon international Georges Mandjeck has joined AJ Auxerre from Stade Rennais on a four-and-a-half-year contract, the buying club announced on Tuesday.
The transfer fee for the 23-year-old, who can play in central defense, at fullback or in midfield, was not disclosed.
AS Saint-Etienne on Tuesday announced the signing of midfielder Jonathan Brison from Ligue 1 rivals AS Nancy-Lorraine on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
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