MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 07: Thiago Motta of Inter Milan celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Parma FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 7, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Serie A Transfer Rumors: Thiago Motta Likely Leaving Inter For PSG

Despite the club making its best efforts to keep him, it appears as though Thiago Motta is on his way from Inter Milan to PSG.

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Thiago Motta Set For Paris Saint-Germain Move

Despite words to the contrary from Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo earlier today, it appears that the Ligue 1 leaders are on the verge of signing Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta before the transfer deadline later today for a €10M fee.

L'Equipe, relaying reports from Italian media, says Thiago Motta is set to join PSG in €10 million move from Internazionale.
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It's difficult to understand why Inter would be so keen to discard a key component of their midfield, even if the fee was a pretty good one. The acquisitions of Freddy Guarin and Angelo Palombo don't necessarily make up for the big gap that will be left behind in Thiago Motta's absence, but Motta isn't a particularly sexy player and those guys tend to be let go of far too easily. PSG, meanwhile, add some needed steel to their midfield.


Juventus Sign Simon Padoin

Serie A leaders Juventus have made a move to reinforce their midfield, acquiring Atalanta's Simone Padoin for €5million. Padoin, who played for the Turin club during their 2009/10 preseason tour, is a versatile player who's featured in over 150 matches with Atalanta since 2007. Juventus have signed the 27-year-old to a five year deal.

Acquiring Padoin ends their chase for Cagliari's Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who was probably a higher priority in the window, but with the Sardinians reluctant to sell Juventus were forced to switch to their backup plan - not that they admitted that when they announced the deal. The main motivation behind the switch, from the Old Lady's point of view, was that Michel Pazienza, who was acquired from Napoli over the summer to fulfill exactly the same role as Padoin, had become a liability and was agitating to move away. This move lets Juventus get rid of him.


Lazio Close In On Keisuke Honda

Lazio are apparently close to making a move for CSKA Moscow's wantaway star Keisuke Honda. The Japanese ace has been linked to several clubs in this transfer window following an injury-plagued half-season with the Russian side, bit it sounds like he's Romeward bound - Honda himself has admitted that a move is expected, although not completely wrapped up:

It's true that I'm positive about a move to Lazio. The clubs are in the final stage of negotiations. But I haven't made a formal agreement with the club yet, and in today's football world anything can happen up to the last hour of the transfer window.

Lazio are currently fifth in Serie A and have been casting about for reinforcements to keep them clear of Roma and Napoli. In Honda, they've found themselves a fantastic player - his time in Russia and in the World Cup has seen him rise to the status of Asian football's biggest star. Negotiations between the two clubs are not yet complete, but it sounds like this move will probably get done over the weekend.


Martin Caceres On Verge Of Juventus Switch

Juventus have secured the signature of Sevilla defender Martin Caceres on a season-long loan with an option to buy.


Inter Milan End Carlos Tevez Pursuit

You can cross Inter Milan off the list of potential Carlos Tevez destinations. Manchester City's wantaway striker has been linked to Inter, crosstown rivals AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, but with City pushing for a price which seems completely out of alignment with Tevez's wage demands and recent playing time, clubs really aren't that interested. Inter certainly aren't going to play anymore. Says board member Marco Tronchetti:

Now we're no longer interested in Tevez. He is following a different path. Inter have recovered their champions and there is no need to have him or another, even if Tevez remains a great champion.

Since City are now refusing to continue to pay Tevez's salary, they're not really under any pressure to get rid of him, and if they don't get the money they want for their former captain, one suspects that they'd be more than happy to destroy his career instead. The moral of the story is that you should never refuse to play.


Juventus Transfer Rumors: Montreal Impact Want Alessandro Del Piero

Everyone knows that Alessandro Del Piero's contract ends this summer. While it would be strange to see the Juventus captain playing for another club, it's unlikely that his current team will renew the contract, and Del Piero wants to keep playing. He's said, however, that playing for another team in Italy is almost certainly out of the question.

Enter the Montreal Impact, who will join Major League Soccer in the upcoming season. The new team is looking to make, well, an impact in the MLS, and what better way to do it than signing a big name? After all, it worked for the L.A. Galaxy and New York Red Bulls.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. There's no big-name star from Italy playing in North America at the moment. What better way to attract new fans than to snap up the captain of Italy's biggest side? No wonder the amount Montreal is rumored to be offering is $5m per year.


Inter Milan Make Carlos Tevez Bid

Inter Milan have jumped into the Carlos Tevez fray, although it's unlikely that their initial bid of £20.7M will pursuade Manchester City to part with their former captain.


Inter Milan Transfer Rumors: Nerazzurri Now In Race For Carlos Tevez

After Alexandre Pato turned down a €35m move to PSG, AC Milan pulled out of their deal with Manchester City for wantaway striker Carlos Tevez. While the notorious Kia Joorabchian insists that talks are still ongoing with the rossoneri, crosstown rivals Inter Milan have stepped back into the ring.

President Massimo Moratti admits that there's been contact with City, and now that a move to Milan is not guaranteed, hopes to start discussions after Sunday's Derby Della Madonnina. But will Inter be able to convince Tevez? Milan are convinced the Argentine wants a move to their side of town, but after four months of not playing at City, it seems likely he'll go wherever he'll find a place in the squad.

One thing is nearly certain: come the end of January, Carlitos will be away from Manchester. But whether it will be to Milan, Inter, or even PSG remains to be seen.

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