Barcelona have stated that “fast adaptation” and a familiarity with Europe’s main leagues was the reasoning behind their loan-signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Barca confirmed the deal had gone via on Monday and contains an choice for them to signal the Ghanaian on the finish of the mortgage contract, for a payment believed to be €8million.
Boateng has struggled to settle since leaving Schalke in 2015, and has spent the final 4 seasons hopping between golf equipment in Serie A, the Bundesliga and La Liga.
He joined Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018 however made simply 13 league appearances – and has now chosen to commerce Serie A for what’s more likely to be a back-up position to Luis Suarez on the Nou Camp.
The club said : “Kevin-Prince Boateng is a footballer who will assure a fast adaptation to the group.
“Conscious of the 4 main European leagues – he has performed in Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and Spanish League – he’s a participant who has scored objectives wherever he has performed.”
Barca had reportedly been taken with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, however the Spaniard was unwilling to accept a spot on the substitutes bench, and as an alternative seems to be set to hitch Atletico Madrid on mortgage for the remainder of the season.
Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela and Girona’s Cristhian Stuani had been additionally thought-about, however the membership have as an alternative opted for a participant with expertise of taking part in for one in every of Europe’s prime sides – albeit briefly at AC Milan between 2010-13.
Boateng might be offered to the Nou Camp trustworthy on Tuesday forward of Barca’s Copa del Rey second-leg outing towards Sevilla on the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
He turns into the membership’s second over-30s signing of the season following the summer season arrival of Arturo Vidal, and joins Jeison Murillo as coach Ernesto Valverde’s second January seize.