Atleti return for Motta?

Thiago Motta could be set to return to Atletico Madrid, seven years after he last turned out for Los Rojiblancos.

Motta spent the 2007-08 season at Vicente Calderon but injuries and competition for places meant he played only a handful of times before quitting La Liga for Genoa.

From Genoa he moved to Inter, spending three years in Milan before settling in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

He has been a PSG player since 2012 but Marca reports Motta is looking for a free transfer exit despite having a year remaining on his current contract.

Motta, who will turn 33 in August, is linked with a short-term move to Atletico, if he can free himself from PSG, and fits in with what Diego Simeone and the Atleti hierarchy are looking for.

Cholo wants reinforcements in midfield but the club can’t spend too much or risk breaching financial regulations.

Luciano Vietto is set to be Atletico’s major outlay of the summer and Motta, potentially on a free transfer, would add to Simeone’s midfield options without costing a great deal.

As an Italy international he doesn’t take up a non-EU player’s spot but Atletico face competition from another of Motta’s old teams, Inter.

Mario Suarez could leave the Calderon this summer, further increasing Atletico’s need for additions in midfield, Marca note.

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