Manchester City youth player Olivier Ntcham has joined Serie A club Genoa FC on a three-year deal. The 21-year-old midfielder ends his five-year stay with City by securing a move to the Italian club whom he joined on loan in 2015.
Ntcham, once dubbed the next Paul Pogba, was a significant factor in City not making a move for the out-of-contract Manchester United star in 2012.
Then transfer chief, Brian Marwood, famously confirmed City weren’t interested in Pogba when he left United in 2012 because of Ntcham’s potential. It may not have worked out as planned at City, but Ntcham has been impressive at times during his stint in Italy.
His loan spell didn’t originally go to plan and was arrested by Police in Genoa for driving without a licence in January. Following the publicity of Ntcham’s actions, Genoa were expected to allow him to return to City and ensure their problem, was now City’s.
Ntcham overturned the doubters and Genoa now believe he’s certainly worth the €3million fee leaving City with the option of signing him for a minimal fee over the next three years.