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Barcelona sign Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan; pursuit of Carlos Vela over?

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FC Barcelona officially sealed the deal for Kevin-Prince Boateng on Monday, signing the veteran attacker on loan for the rest of the 2018-19 season from Italian club Sassuolo.

Boateng is a versatile attacker, capable of playing basically all of the attacking positions on the field, and while he’s a good player, his age and profile (he’s very much a journeyman) means he can presumably be comfortable being a bench option getting occasional starts for one of the world’s greatest teams.

Does that profile sound familiar? It’s basically the same as Carlos Vela’s.

Boateng is 31, Vela is 29, but the idea that either one was going to be on Barcelona’s radar before the last several days would have been fanciful.

But Barcelona pulled the trigger on the loan move for Boateng, at a price of €1 million with an €8 million purchase price, as reported by ESPN. Does that mean the pursuit of Vela is truly dead?

Let’s wait a few days to know for sure, but it looks like Vela won’t be on the move, unless Barça wanted to double up on attacking veterans with very similar profiles. Vela reported for preseason with Los Angeles Football Club on Monday and has been featured in LAFC’s videos and social media related to the opening of preseason. He did not speak to reporters on Monday, however.

LAFC head coach Bob Bradley brushed off the speculation as “just a rumor.”

On Saturday morning I thought Vela was out the door. Now, I think he probably isn’t. Again, we’ll see if there are any unforeseen twists, but initial signs are that Barcelona have moved on and Vela will remain an LAFC player.

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