Official: Kevin-Prince Boateng becomes second January signing of Barcelona

Kevin-Prince Boateng #27 of US Sassuolo in action during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Kevin-Prince Boateng #27 of US Sassuolo in action during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto via Getty Images) /
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Barcelona have completed the second transfer of the January transfer window

In a surprising last-minute decision, Barcelona have reached an agreement with Sassuolo for Kevin-Prince Boateng’s loan move to Catalonia. The fee has been agreed at €2 million, with an option to make the move permanent for €8 million in the summer transfer window.

This comes after quickfire negotiations between club technical secretary Éric Abidal and Sassuolo chairman Giovanni Carnevali, with Barça head scout and Carnevali’s good friend Ariedo Braida acting as the mediator.

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The 31-year old German-born Ghana international is not the perfect replacement for Munir, who was an out-and-out striker. But Boateng is capable of playing as a false nine, and occupied that position at Las Palmas in one of the most successful seasons of his career.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is definitely a risky signing, especially as a backup to one of the most important members of the first-team. He has a history of indiscipline, receiving 2 red cards in his only season in Spain and 4 others throughout the rest of his career.

He is also a little injury-prone, and has already spent a month on the treatment table this season. So, Ernesto Valverde needs to make sure that Boateng is disciplined and fit in order to make use of him. But due to his versatility, he can be a very useful asset in the latter stages of the season.

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The veteran marksman can play anywhere up front, and also in midfield, when required. Boateng could make his debut against Girona in the La Liga.