Two days after Diego Milito swapped Genoa CFC for FC Internazionale Milano, Thiago Motta has followed suit, with three promising Inter youngsters moving the other way in exchange for the Brazilian midfielder.
Milito arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza on Monday in a 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 (20), centre-back Leonardo Bonucci (22) and striker Riccardo Meggiorini have all joined Genoa.
Motta departs the Rossoblu just 12 months after arriving from Club Atlético de Madrid. That switch concluded an injury-ravaged end to a decade in Spain, in which he collected two Liga titles and the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League with FC 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 UEFA Champions League hopefuls Inter.
More new faces
Genoa, meanwhile, are among the UEFA Europa League entrants and they continued their squad rebuilding by bringing in striker Sergio Floccari from Atalanta BC and Ivan Fatić from AC Chievo Verona, both for undisclosed fees. The 27-year-old Floccari scored 12 goals in 33 league games last term when Montenegrin U21 international Fatić, 20, had loan spells in Serie B with Vicenza Calcio and US Salernitana Sport. 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.
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