Barcelona have completed a surprise move for former AC Milan attacking midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, signing him on an initial loan deal until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old returns to LaLiga for his second spell after impressing at Las Palmas during the 2016-17 campaign, and Barca can purchase him outright for a reported €8million before the loan ends.
Ernesto Valverde had been hoping for attacking reinforcements in January, particularly after seeing Paco Alcacer depart for Borussia Dortmund in the previous transfer window and Munir El Haddadi join Sevilla this month.
Boateng was particularly highly rated during the earlier days of his career, impressing at Hertha Berlin and earning a move to Tottenham, but things never worked out in London.
Barca’s move for the former Ghana international comes as a shock given the midfielder’s stature in the game.
A tweet on Barcelona’s Twitter page.
Transfer news… pic.twitter.com/hNYrKR9nL1
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019
A year at Portsmouth helped him earn a transfer to Milan and he caught the eye on occasion in Serie A, helping them win the title in 2010-11.
After appearing for Ghana in 2010 for the first of his two World Cup appearances, Boateng made the move to Serie A signing for AC Milan where he won a scudetto and the Italian Super Cup. In Lombardy he coincided with former blaugranes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho.
A short spell with Schalke 04 was followed by a return to AC Milan for six months before the former Ghanian international made his way to La Liga with Las Palmas. In the 2016/17 season he scored 10 goals for the island side before a return to Germany with Eintract Frankfurt the following campaign. In the summer of 2018 he moved to Sassuolo, which the Club maintains a good relationship, where he scored 4 goals in 13 matches in Serie A.
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