A bargain-shaped blob will have begun blipping on many an elite club’s radar after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta admitted he wants to leave.
“The club knows my will,” the Italian international told L’Equipe.
“My wish is always to leave. I need to do new things for my career, to find the motivation to play at the highest level.
“I have something in my head and I know that it came out in the press.”
“We talked about Atletico Madrid, it’s a club where I could do everything I haven’t done at other clubs so far. It is a big challenge.”
Atleti are 4/1 to bring in the 32-year-old before the end of the transfer window with Internazionale, another of his former clubs priced up at the same.
Yet returning to past haunts wouldn’t offer defensive midfielder Motta as much of a new challenge as a switch to Chelsea, also 4/1 to bring him in before the close of trading.
He has played well over 100 league games in both Serie A and La Liga during his successful career, yet the closest he has ever got to playing Premier League football was an unsuccessful trial at Portsmouth after leaving Madrid in 2008.
Such a move would make sense for both parties, with John Obi Mikel sufficiently insufficient backup for Nemanja Matic to have Kurt Zouma selected ahead of him on more than one occasion last season.
Meanwhile, acquiring the veteran would offer pragmatist par-excellence Jose Mourinho the opportunity to play with a higher quality double-defensive bulwark in those games where Cesc Fabregas is moved higher up the pitch for safety’s sake.
For Motta it would offer the opportunity to tackle an entirely new challenge under the management a manager who selected him 40 times during Inter’s 2009/10 treble-winning campaign.
Moreover, with Chelsea 27/20 favourites to win the Premier League in 2015/16, a London switch might just bring a new nationality of medals for his 19 club-trophy collection.