Elite football clubs have high standards and high expectations, making it a notoriously difficult task for youngsters to make the grade. Some good talents are allowed to leave clubs due to the sheer quality of competition that exists in the squad.
A strategy nowadays is to include buy-back clauses, something Real Madrid benefited from this summer when they re-signed Álvaro Morata from Juventus by triggering a clause they included when they sold him to the Serie A giants.
Manchester City are also including buy-back clauses with several youngsters now. Olivier Ntcham is one of the many youngsters to have left on loan in recent seasons and is now in his second year playing for Genoa in Italy.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Genoa have the option to purchase 20-year-old Ntcham, a former France youth international, for €3 million next summer. Genoa are likely to use that option for a player who has been in and out of the team, but who is showing promise. Chances are, City will never buy him back, with Ntcham not the most suited to a Guardiola style of football, but they have included the option to at various prices.
To take Ntcham back in 2018, it would cost City a fee of €8 million. In 2019, he would cost €9 million. And in 2020, City would have their last chance to re-sign the midfielder, this time for €10 million.
Better to be safe than sorry, and Ntcham was compared to Paul Pogba at youth level, so you never know…