The news broke barely 48 hours ago when various Italian sources announced that Barcelona has convinced Prince to sign on loan for the Catalan giants from Sassuolo. Barcelona announced that they have signed the Ghanaian international on a 6 months loan for €1M with option to buy for €8M. Boateng comes as the backup for Luis Suarez for the rest of the season after the departure of Munir during the January transfer window.
Barcelona in the past years has made some shocking transfers, the arrival of Paulinho last season from China and his resale after just one season. Also, with the signing of Aturo Vidal which has paid off so far this season. Barcelona identified Morata, Llorente, Stuani, Maxi Gomez as a potential backup for Luis Suarez but opted for the more versatile, aggressive and experienced forward in Boateng.
Boateng comes with a lot of baggage from his previous clubs but his quality is never in doubt. He has had successful spells at AC Milan, Schalke 04, Las Palmas, Frankfurt. He understands the UCL and has played in the LaLiga which gives him the needed quality to help Barca over the course of the final 6 months until they find a younger and long-term replace for the ageing Luis Suarez.
The signing of KPB has showed a true ambition and clear plan from the Catalan giants in their pursuit for the UCL, Ernesto Valverde has learnt from his mistakes last season and has rotated the squad decently despite have no backup at LB and Umtiti being out for almost all season. Signing of Murillo and now Boateng shows intent from the club to go for the UCL after an embarrassing last three season campaigns. KPB is a flexible player that gives Barcelona various options with him being more than just a poacher, but can also play in the midfield and a destructive 10. With Dembele being out for 2 weeks, and Coutinho’s poor form, KPB could make his debut over the weekend against Girona.
During his presentation, KPB clearly stated his desire to win titles with Barcelona, his happiness in joining the club, and stated clearly that Messi is the best player in the world despite his controversial comments in the past calling Ronaldo the best player.
Barcelona will need to support the board and the squad that they made the right decision in their quest for the Treble this season which has eluded them for over three years now. The team is playing well, Messi and Suarez on their best form as they look to go all the way this season.