Bologna 'expect Thiago Motta to take over at PSG'

Bologna ‘expect Thiago Motta to take over at PSG’ with the French club pivoting to a move for their former player after missing out on appointing former Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann amid Mikel Arteta interest

  • Bologna boss Thiago Motta is reportedly set to take the reins as PSG boss
  • Reports from France claim Motta has already met with the clubs hierarchy
  • Julian Nagelsmann was initial frontrunner for the role before talks broke down

Bologna boss Thiago Motta has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to take over at PSG.

Despite winning the league during his first campaign in charge of Les Parisiens, Christophe Galtier will not take charge of the club next season.

With success in Europe still eluding the French giants, PSG have taken their search for a new boss across the continent. 

Julian Nagelsmann has long been considered one of the club’s primary options, with the 35-year-old reportedly having been set to be joined by Thierry Henry in the dugout at the Parc des Princes.

However, discussions between the two parties are said to have collapsed, with the club now turning to a move for Motta.

Bologna boss Thiago Motta has emerged as the new favourite to take over at PSG

Motta won five Ligue 1 titles as a player with Les Parisiens before hanging up his boots in 2018

According to a report from Foot Mercato, Bologna are increasingly expectant that Motta will depart the club in order to take over in Paris.

Motta has already met with PSG chiefs to discuss the possibility of taking over the club, and a second meeting is reportedly scheduled for later this week. 

The Brazil-born Italy international made over 230 appearances during a seven-year stint in the French capital, winning five league titles with the club before hanging up his boots in 2018.

Following his retirement Motta went on to take charge of the PSG U19 side before departing shortly after to take the reins at Serie A side Genoa.

After successive spells battling relegation in the Italian top flight, first with Il Grifone and then Spezia, Motta was appointed head coach of Bologna in September.

With the side narrowly outside the drop zone upon his arrival, Motta recovered a poor early spell to lead the team to their best top flight finish in over a decade.

Julian Nagelsmann had initially been the frontrunner to succeed Christophe Galtier before talks between the German and PSG broke down

PSG sporting director Luis Campos (left) reportedly held talks with Mikel Arteta (right) over the managerial vacancy

But Motta isn’t the only midfielder-turned-manager that PSG are said to have their eye on.

Reports from France claim PSG director Luis Campos held talks with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in a bid to lure the Spaniard to Ligue 1.

However, the club’s audacious attempt looks set to be unsuccessful, with the 41-year-old said to be intent on continuing to build on his success with the Gunners in the Premier League next season.

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