Genoa have been among the most active sides in the January transfer window and have now secured the services of Giorgio Cittadini from Atalanta and Sheriff Tiraspol striker David Ankeye, while simultaneously bidding farewell to midfielder Pablo Galdames, who is set to embark on a new journey with Vasco da Gama.
The acquisition of Giorgio Cittadini, announced on a loan deal until the end of the season, signifies Genoa’s commitment to fortifying their defensive lineup. The Italian defender, previously at Monza, opted for a temporary departure to Genoa to secure more consistent playing time. Cittadini steps into the shoes of Radu Dragusin, who departed for Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. Notably, the loan agreement does not include an option for a permanent transfer.
This strategic move also indicates a shift in Genoa’s transfer priorities, as they are no longer pursuing Napoli’s Leo Ostigard. With the arrival of Cittadini, Genoa aim to shore up their defensive capabilities for the remainder of the season.
Simultaneously, Genoa has successfully negotiated a deal with Sheriff Tiraspol for the acquisition of striker David Ankeye. The 21-year-old Nigerian forward, purchased for approximately €2.5 million, brings an impressive track record, having scored eight goals in 25 appearances for Sheriff this season. Ankeye’s addition to the squad is expected to inject vitality into Genoa’s attacking prowess and provide additional goal-scoring options.
However, the signing of Ankeye comes with a necessary adjustment to the squad due to his non-EU status. To comply with league regulations, Genoa had to create space for the newcomer. This was achieved through the departure of Chilean international Pablo Galdames, who is set to join Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. Galdames, whose contract was due to expire in June, departs Genoa as part of the club’s strategic restructuring.