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TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

Inter Miami CF have signed midfielder Jean Mota from Brazilian top-flight side Santos FC through the 2024 season, with a club option for the 2025 campaign, the club announced Sunday.

The 28-year-old has spent his entire career in his native Brazil, including nearly 10 years in the country’s top-flight, debuting with Portuguesa in March 2012 before playing for Fortaleza and then Santos, where he had 10 goals and 20 assists in 207 appearances across all competitions since June 2016.

“We’re thrilled to add a player of Jean’s experience and ambition to our team,” Inter Miami CF chief soccer officer and sporting director Chris Henderson said in a statement. “We’ve followed him for some time, as he’s a well-rounded, versatile and very smart player on the pitch. He checked every box through our diligent recruitment process and we are excited to see him represent the Inter Miami badge.”

The São Paulo native, who has primarily played as a central midfielder, but has also featured at left back and attacking midfield, amassed 257 appearances across all competitions, including 164 matches in the Brazilian Série A and an additional 27 in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2019, Mota was named Campeonato Paulista Best Player, Top Scorer and to the Team of the Year. He previously joined Inter Miami captain Gregore in several matches for Santos' U-23 side.

“It’s a pleasure to be a part of Inter Miami, a great club with a fantastic fan base and great facilities,” Mota said. “I’m excited to give my best on the pitch and create great memories together with the club. I’m proud to wear this jersey and look forward to leaving everything on the field to defend it. Lastly, I want to thank the fans for their reception and I’m thrilled to be here as we aim to accomplish our objectives together.”