Will Kevin Prince Boateng make his way to The Etihad next season to show up his younger brother?
Reports this week have linked Manchester City with the signing of former Tottenham flop and Portsmouth star Kevin Prince Boateng. Since those Premier League days the Ghanaian international has gone on to become a major force in the Rossoneri midfield and one of Serie A’s top names so the interest should not come as too great a surprise considering his recent form.
While more famous recently for his stance as a figurehead against racism in football the German born 26-year-old is certainly proving to be the talented player he once looked when making his debut as a 17-year-old for Hertha Berlin.
It was that early promise that saw Tottenham snap up the talented in 2007 but things in London never quite worked for him.
This is a similar tale to that of his little brother after his big move to England. Jerome Boateng joined Manchester City for £10.4 million in 2010 on a five-year-deal. However just a year later, after a season disrupted by aeroplane drinks trolley induced knee injuries in which he featured just 16 times in the league, he was flogged to Bayern Munich at a loss.
Jerome may end up having the last laugh in that respect as his Bayern side look ready to complete a sensational treble this season but could Kevin have the last laugh over his little bro?
Their apparently fractious relationship was highlighted at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The two faced off against each other in the Group Stage, Jerome for Germany Kevin for Ghana, after Jerome had openly criticised Kevin for a tackle on Michael Ballack in the 2010 FA Cup Final that ruled the international captain out of the competition in South Africa.
However that apparent feud was blown way out of proportion by the media to sensationalise the rarity of a sibling rivalry at hand in a World Cup fixture. In reality the two get on well and have vacationed together on numerous occasions in the past whilst Jerome publicly backed his brother’s stance against racism recently.
So in regard to any animosity being behind a potential move to City for Kevin Prince that is not what is going on here.
But show me a brother who doesn’t want to outdo his sibling and I will show you a goose who can talk!
The AC Milan star might just fancy a chance to show his baby bro how it is done at The Etihad; even if just for bragging rights at the holidays.
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