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Barcelona close to signing Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Barcelona are close to the surprise signing of former Tottenham and Portsmouth forward Kevin-Prince Boateng, with the former Ghana international’s representative’s having agreed terms with the reigning Spanish champions over an initial loan move.

Boateng, who spent two seasons at White Hart Lane before moving to Fratton Park in 2009, signed for Sassuolo in the summer having left Eintracht Frankfurt and has starred for Roberto De Zerbi’s side as they have cemented a midtable position in Serie A. The 31-year-old has scored five league goals so far despite missing several weeks due to injury, with Barça understood to have been impressed with his performances in a false 9 role.

Boateng is expected to fly to Barcelona on Monday to complete his move, which is expected to include an option for Barcelona to purchase him for €8m at the end of the season.