According to La Repubblica (as relayed by Calcio Napoli 24), Tanguy Ndombele turned down a move to Genoa in the dying stages of the transfer window since the Italian club could not offer him Champions League football.
Tanguy Ndombele rejected a late move to Genoa
La Repubblica have now explained the circumstances of Genoa’s failed late bid for Ndombele, revealing that the Serie A side were ‘one step away’ from landing the 26-year-old.
It is explained that the club first enquired about Pape Sarr but after Spurs told them that the Senegalese starlet was not for sale, they started conversations over the former Lyon man.
The report alleges that Genoa even had a private plane ready to bring Ndombele to Italy as soon as possible so that the deal could be completed before the deadline.
However, the publication asserts that the Spurs star cancelled the deal ‘at the last minute’, telling the Rossoblu: “You are a newly promoted club, I want to make the Champions League.”
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Ndombele appears to have got his wish as Galatasaray have made it to the group stages of the Champions League. However, with Bayern and Man Utd in their group, the on-loan Tottenham man is only likely to play a few games in the competition.
I personally feel that joining Genoa and performing in the Serie A consistently would have done a lot more for the Frenchman’s career as it would brought him to the attention of some top clubs.
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