Alessandro Matri in, Kevin-Prince Boateng out at AC Milan | inside World Soccer

Juventus striker Alessandro Matri moved to AC Milan while Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Schalke 04 in a frantic end to Italian transfer window on Friday.

Alessandro Matri returns to AC Milan where he started his professional career
Alessandro Matri returns to AC Milan where he started his professional career

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It is believed the deal for Matri was done for €11 million, slightly less than the €12 million asking price.

"Matri is back with us after 10 years," Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani told the club's website.

"His arrival reminds me of Pippo Inzaghi's, 12 years ago. He was more or less the same age when he came to us."

The 29-year-old grew up in the Milan youth academy, but was loaned out to several sides before his sale to Cagliari in 2007.

Matri told Milan Channel: "It's been 10 years and I've a lot of experience.

"It's a great feeling to come back to where you played as a boy. I know a lot of people here and the coach is someone I've worked with. There are many positive aspects.

"There was some interest from other clubs but as soon as Milan came in for me, I only wanted to come here. It was an objective for me and now it'll be a great starting point."

Kevin-Prince Boateng poses with Schalke coach Jens Keller and Sporting Director Horst Heldt
Kevin-Prince Boateng poses with Schalke coach Jens Keller and Sporting Director Horst Heldt

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Matri's arrival at the San Siro coincides with the sale of Boateng to Schalke for the same fee as the Italy international.

Boateng, who previously appeared for Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, has penned a four-year contract at the Veltins-Arena.

"It was a really quick deal and everyone was happy about it. The clubs and the player. It all happened in a day and a half," Galliani said of Boateng's move.

The Ghana midfielder made over 100 appearances for the Milan giants and played a key role in the Scudetto-winning side of 2011.

His last contribution to the Milan cause came on Wednesday when his brace against PSV Eindhoven allowed the Rossoneri to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Boateng said at his unveiling: "I'm very glad to be here. I've always said I wanted to play in Germany again and it makes me very happy to be able to run out for such a top club as Schalke 04.

"Schalke are a top club who are also in the Champions League. It's a new challenge for me and I can continue my development here."

The 26-year-old, whose brother Jérôme plays for Bayern Munich, could make his debut for the club against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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