Real Betis boss Quique Setien has rubbished reports that he advised Barcelona over the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The 31-year-old joined the Serie A outfit from German club Eintracht Frankfurt this summer and has since scored five goals in all competitions.
La Liga leaders Barca indicated a need to sign a new striker in the January transfer market – wanting a back up for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and to replace Munir El Haddadi, who left for Sevilla.
Failed attempts to bring in Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Vela led the Catalan side to make a move for Boateng.
And, after short negotiations a loan deal has now been confirmed via the club’s official website.
The deal which is said to be worth £1.5m also includes a £7.5m option to make the purchase permanent this coming summer.
Upon completion of the deal, multiple reports stemming from Diario AS claimed that Setien has told Barca to sign the Ghana forward.
However, the Betis boss has now rubbished such rumours, telling reporters: “I am astonished by the audacity of some media that say that.
“I have not been called by anyone from Barcelona (to ask about Boateng) but yes, it seems to me an extraordinary signing, of course.
“He gave us a lot of things, he contributed a lot of things, he is a committed player, he is a good player, Barcelona has made a good signing, without a doubt.”
Boateng is now expected to feature for Barca in the Copa del Rey quarter final tie with Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening.
The former Sassuolo man is in the squad, however, Lionel Messi has been rested for the first leg.