Paris Saint Germain midfielder Thiago Motta appears to be back on the market, after it emerged in Marca that his deal to move to Atletico Madrid was on the verge of collapsing.
Liverpool have been linked with the Brazilian-turned-Italian international over the course of the summer and with Lucas Leiva reportedly up for sale, Brendan Rodgers could now turn his attentions back to Motta - should he need a replacement. 32-year-old Motta looked to be close to moving to Diego Simeone’s former Spanish champions, but the deal has hit a snag.
The veteran is the only player currently on Simeone's wish list at the moment, and should they be unable to land him, it's believed that they will not look to sign anyone else. Reports in France suggest that this week, the player, his agent and the PSG owner are set to sit down to try to reach an agreement over his future - whether it be for him to leave or stay.
PSG are currently refusing to release Motta - who has one year remaining on his current contract - but the player is continually pushing for PSG to release him from his contract so he's able to link up with another club. Atletico want the agreement to happen as soon as possible so they can complete their squad for the new season, but the Metro seem to think Liverpool are in the mix too.
Lucas is thought to have an £8m price tag on his head, and even while the club will not transfer list him it is thought that Rodgers will look to sell if the right offer comes in. Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that he could move on, though whether Rodgers wants to replace him with Motta remains subject to speculation.
Motta has spent four seasons in Paris, having previously represented the likes Barcelona and Inter - as well as Atletico Madrid during the 2007/08 season.