Aug 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses a ball against Real Madrid during the first half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Boateng joins Schalke in surprise move


FC Schalke 04 has confirmed the signing of midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to a four-year deal from AC Milan. Boateng is a German national and was born in Berlin, his half-brother Jerome plays for the 2013 Champions League winners Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga side Schalke have been trying to make moves all summer and were previously linked with several players, including Lukas Podolski, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Fabio Quagliarella, and Emmanuel Adebayor. Samuel Eto’o recently joined English Premier League side Chelsea.

Boateng helped lead AC Milan back to the Champions League this year scoring twice against PSV Eindhoven in Tuesday’s second leg of the playoff. AC Milan went into the game with an aggregate score of 1-1, AC Milan won the game 3-0 and the playoff 4-1 behind Boateng’s goals.

“He is exactly the reinforcement we needed and had wished for,” Schalke CEO Clemens Tonnies said.

Even though Kevin-Prince Boateng played for AC Milan already, he is still available to play for Schalke in the group stage of the Champions League according to UEFA’S 18.07 rule.

Boateng had one year left on his deal but signed a four year deal with Schalke and the transfer fee believed to be around €15 million.

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