Barcelona sign Boateng as Luiz Suarez's back up
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Barcelona sign Boateng as Luiz Suarez’s back up

Barcelona sign Kevin-Prince Boateng as Luiz Suarez's back up

Barcelona have signed Sassuolo’s Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Monday.

According to several reports, Boateng’s deal includes a fee of €1 million and has an €8m option to make the move permanent in the summer.

A statement on the Catalan club’s website called Boateng “a player who is versatile to a fault.”

It added: “During his time with Las Palmas with Quique Setien as coach he played as an out and out striker, a typical No. 9.

“However, he is also able to play further back as he did at AC Milan, scoring twice against Barça in his time with the Rossoneri. His ability to bring people into the game means he is excellent at playing behind the main striker.”

Sassuolo hailed the move as another positive step in their relationship with the Camp Nou side.

“This furthers the profitable relationship between Barcelona and Sassuolo, born this summer as part of the buying and selling of the footballer Marlon,” read a statement on the Serie A club’s website. “The Catalan club thank the Italian club for their openness in conducting these negotiations.

“The Italian club, on their part, express how very proud they are to be able to continue this relationship with one of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the world.”

Before the deal was announced, Boateng told Sky Sport Italia that he’d already bid farewell to Sassuolo leadership.

“I’m a bit sad because I’m leaving a professionally-run club in Sassuolo and it was hard to say goodbye to everybody today, even if Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Boateng told the outlet.

“It was a testing day, but saying goodbye to my teammates, [sporting director Giovanni] Carnevali and the coach meant so much to me.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for this side and that is why I had to say my goodbyes in person.”

Boateng, 31, arrives to bolster Barca’s forward line after the sale of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla earlier this month.

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