Las Palmas’ shirt sales may well be boosted with the arrival of Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is now 29-years-old, and who will soon be confirmed as a new signing for the club.
On Thursday evening, the Ghana international had closed an agreement and all that remained to do was sign the contract, with the club’s fans bound to be excited by such a deal, given that Boateng has played for some of Europe’s most famous sides in recent years.
Boateng is the marquee signing that the supporters were asking for, and although no official announcement has been made yet, all that remains for the club’s president to do is close the deal.
Celta Vigo, Valencia and Malaga were also interested in the player, and tried to sign him at the last minute, but the bonus of good relations between Las Palmas and his agent Federico Pastorello has proven key to the transfer.
Boateng has had to leave his holidays in Italy to come and sign a contract this Friday, before posing with his new club shirt on the coming Monday.
The former Schalke man has played in Italy, England and Germany, with his desire this year being to play in Spain, after previously featuring in two World Cups and various Champions League campaigns.
After playing in at every youth level for Germany, Boateng was expelled from the national set-up due to his attitude, with FIFA permitting the player to feature for Ghana instead – the country of his parents’ origin.
For more acts of indiscipline, the player was shown the door by Schalke too, two seasons after the Bundesliga club paid 12 million euros for his services.
The signing of Boateng will not be Las Palmas’ last, although the sporting directors are pleased with the additions of Helder Lopes, Marko Livaja and Macedo.
Real Madrid striker Mariano is another rumoured name, with it unlikely that the club will sell any wingers or strikers ahead of the new season.
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