ESPN FC's Marcotti explains why Barca signed Boateng: 'I see the logic in it'
- Kevin-Prince Boateng signed for the Blaugrana from Sassuolo on loan until the end of the season.
- Barca have an opportunity to make the deal permanent for €8 million in the summer.
- Renowned Italian sports journalist Gabriele Marcotti has backed the Catalans decision to sign the 31-year-old as he can be used as a back-up option for Luis Suarez as well as an option to occupy an attacking midfielder role at Camp Nou.
“I certainly was surprised but then the more I thought about it the more I see the logic in it,” he told ESPN FC. “Kevin Prince-Boating today isn’t the hip-hop, tattoo loving guy who used to go missing and whatnot. He’s a guy who was productive at Eintracht Frankfurt and then had a good season at Sassuolo.
“He’s 31 now, he’s older, he can play as a centre forward, he can play as an attacking midfielder. He’s one of those players who screwed around then they hit 30 and they realised the clock is ticking on their career.
“He’s like: ‘I kind of enjoy playing football, let me go and be a professional’ - and that’s what he’s done. He’s going to take minutes off of Suarez when he needs a rest now that Munir has gone. He will probably fill in in midfield from time to time and for Barcelona, there’s very little downside.”
Kevin-Prince Boateng is the first Ghanaian international to play for Barcelona in the club's history. 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/HP6aJ1OIGQ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 21, 2019
"I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but is a great chance," the Ghanian has said in Barcelona airport a few hours prior to completing his move to the Blaugrana. "Don’t ask me about Real Madrid... is just the past! I only want to focus on Barcelona and I hope to score at Bernabeu for the next Clasico.”