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Arsenal & Liverpool alerted to availability of talented international midfield maestro

Arsenal and Liverpool have been alerted by the possible availability of experienced PSG midfielder Thiago Motta, according to the Daily Express.

Spanish source Marca claim that the 32-year-old’s projected move to Atletico Madrid has stalled and Motta’s current Parc des Princes deal expires next summer.

Brazilian-born Italian international Motta is a supremely experienced and cultured midfielder who still has a lot in the tank, as he demonstrated with a fine cameo on the Ligue 1 opening day as 10-man PSG defeated LOSC Lille away.

Motta moved to PSG from Inter Milan in 2012 and has helped the club to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and has made 116 appearances for the big-spending side.

Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers could do with an injection of quality and experience in the centre of the park.

Wenger has a surfeit of creative midfield talents, but doesn’t possess much in the way of steel, and currently has to rely upon utility man Francis Coquelin, who impressed in the second half of 2014/15 after being ushered into the first-team set-up from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic.

Rodgers can call upon German youngster Emre Can to provide a strong presence as a defensive-midfield option, although the youngster is still feeling his way into Premier League action, whilst James Milner is another versatile weapon the Anfield boss can employ. However, it remains to be seen whether either man can truly replace the experience and influence of the departed Steven Gerrard, who left for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of last season.

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Motta, on the other hand, could give Liverpool a fresh alternative and would provide the Merseyside club with a player with an abundance of experience at the highest level.

The Italian has won domestic titles in Spain, Italy and France and is a two-time Champions League winner, having won the European Cup with both Barcelona and Inter Milan.

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