Hatem Ben Arfa’s former PSG teammate Thiago Motta may be offering the 32-year-old free agent a lifeline. After recent talks with Nantes failed to produce a move for the midfielder, there is a report in Sky Sports Italy that Motta may try to bring his former teammate to Genoa.
Motta was hired as the Genoa manager on October 22nd and has guided them to 4 points over his first 4 games in charge. They had amassed just 5 points in their first 8.
Thiago Motta was the coach of PSG under-19 side in his only other managerial position. He has made an impressive start at Genoa as he tries to imprint his style on the team.
The Brazilian’s job has gotten that much harder with the recent ACL injury of their leading scorer Christian Kouame on international duty with the Ivory Coast. Genoa has brought in former Fulham forward Muamer Tankovic, but the reports out of Italy are that Motta also wants to bring in Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa has been closely linked with moves to Fiorentina and Nantes over the past few months after he after his release from Rennes in the summer. However, he has failed to find an offer that he finds satisfactory. Whether his former teammate can convince him to come to Italy is far from likely.