Posted on Jan 31
Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday completed the transfer of Brazil-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, pictured in 2011, from Inter Milan in a deal reportedly worth 10 million euros ($13.1m).

Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday completed the transfer of Brazil-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta from Inter Milan in a deal reportedly worth 10 million euros ($13.1m).

PSG did not reveal details of Motta's contract but a club source told AFP that the 29-year-old had signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with an option for a further year.

"A press conference will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 1530 (1430GMT) at Parc des Princes in order to present Thiago Motta," read a club statement.

PSG reportedly agreed personal terms with the central midfielder several days ago but the move was held up by Inter coach Claudio Ranieri's reluctance to release him.

However, the path was cleared for Motta to join the Ligue 1 leaders when Inter reached agreements to sign Colombian international midfielder Fredy Guarin and Italy midfielder Angelo Palombo from Porto and Sampdoria respectively.

Motta began his professional career with Barcelona, having moved 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 2011, despite having already represented Brazil at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.

Although that was an official competition, Brazil fielded an under-23 side and FIFA would later rule that Motta could therefore still represent another nation.

He has been capped six times by Italy.