Genoa agree to sell Milito and Motta to Inter
Genoa striker Diego Milito and midfielder Thiago Motta are poised to join Serie A champions Inter Milan at the end of the season, Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has said.
Inter coach Jose Mourinho is keen to reinforce his squad for an assault on the Champions League next term and several ageing players such as forward Hernan Crespo and winger Luis Figo are expected to leave.
"Today I met Inter president Massimo Moratti and we have reached an agreement for the sale of Milito and Motta at the end of the season. I thank them for all they have given us," Preziosi told Italian television late on Wednesday.
Argentina's Milito has scored 20 league goals to help Genoa to a surprise fifth place in Serie A this term while Brazilian Motta, hampered by knee problems while at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, has rediscovered fitness and form on Italy's west coast.
Preziosi said Milito would be replaced by Atalanta striker Sergio Floccari, who will cost 11 million euros ($15 million) and had been wanted by Napoli.
Italian media have reported that striker Robert Acquafresca, on loan at Cagliari from Inter, will move to Genoa as part of the deal for Milito and Motta.
Mourinho has also expressed an interest in Udinese's Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella with Inter forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic not certain to stay at the San Siro after saying he was considering his future.