Kevin Price-Boateng is close to signing for Schalke 04 in a shock move from AC Milan, according to reports.
The fee, believed to be around €15million is a great piece of business for Schalke, with the German outfit struggling in the Bundesliga, having only managed one point in three games. He will add creativity and flair to Schalke's side and will add a new attacking dimension to their play. He will be sure to assist the likes of Julian Draxler and Klaas Jan Hunterlaar, as well as scoring a few himself.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth man played for all German youth set-ups from 15 and under, but chose his parents native country Ghana to play for at senior international level, a different path to his brother Jerome Boateng, who plays for Germany.
Signed by AC Milan from Portsmouth, the former Spurs and Borussia Dortmund man hit the heights in Italy, scoring some important League and European goals. He helped Milan to become Serie A champions and received plaudits for his dynamic performances. Just as recently as Wednesday he proved his importance with a brace against PSV, securing Milan's Champions League place in the group stages.
Although he played well on the pitch, Boateng was at the centre of a racial incident that marred his time there. The Ghanaian walked off the pitch against Italian team Pro Patria after he was racially abused by their fans.
The 26-year-old said: "A player who does something wrong, who is racist, can never play for the club again or can never play in the country again."
In his three and a bit seasons at Milan, Boateng made a total of 100 appearances, scoring 17 goals.
If the aforementioned deal goes into place, and at the moment it seems like it will, then it's is certainly a smart and shrewd piece of business by Schalke manager Jens Keller.
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