Boateng leaves Pompey for Italy

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Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has completed his move to Genoa - ahead of a proposed loan switch to AC Milan.

Cash-strapped Pompey needed the Ghana international, 23, off their books and have confirmed his transfer to the Italian club.

The fee is believed to be around £5million for Boateng, whose penalty against Tottenham helped fire Pompey to last season's FA Cup final.

Chief executive David Lampitt said: "We wish Kevin all the best. He played an important role last season and we thank him for that."

But, bizarrely, Boateng is unlikely to kick a ball for Genoa as they instead plan to loan him to Serie A rivals Milan - who were impressed with his performances at the World Cup - for the season with the option of a permanent deal next summer.

Genoa could then make a healthy profit if he impresses at the San Siro.

Boateng, who arrived at Fratton Park from Spurs in August 2009, scored five goals in 27 appearances.

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