A bidding war is to be expected however, as Manchester City are joined by Juventus and Barcelona in the race to secure Olmo’s signature. The Zagreb star is in his fifth season in Croatia, where he has nineteen goals in seventy-seven league appearances.
Olmo predominantly plays as an attacking midfielder but is also comfortable operating on the wings. His efforts were recently rewarded on 15th November, with his first international cap for Spain. Olmo netted a goal in a 7-0 battering of minnows Malta.
Tuttosport claim that this has culminated in Guardiola making a specific ‘request’ for City to try and secure the midfielder’s services. Interestingly, Guardiola’s tenure as first-team manager at Barcelona overlapped with Olmo’s spell in the club’s notorious La Masia academy.
Olmo, 21, has already played at the Etihad Stadium – in a 2-0 defeat for Dinamo Zagreb in October. In the build-up to the game, Guardiola lauded Olmo for the ‘courage’ he displayed in forging his career in Croatia, and commended him as ‘one of the best players’ at the European U-21s Championship.
If the report is true, Txiki Begiristain will have to be at his persuasive best to land the midfielder. Juventus have demonstrated their ability to sign the most coveted players, after landing Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt in the past two years. Additionally, the Catalonian-born Olmo would likely welcome the opportunity to return to Barcelona and link up with Lionel Messi.
It will be worth keeping an eye on Dani Olmo when Manchester City visit Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on 11th December, even if qualification for the last sixteen is secured by then.
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