ESPN have claimed that Barcelona are already drawing up shortlists for next season and have identified Dinamo Zagreb starlet Dani Olmo as a potential addition – after Tottenham Hotspur baulked at his asking price.
Olmo, 21, has sprung onto the scene after scoring 12 goals and creating nine more for Zagreb last term. He continued his excellent form in the Under-21 European Championships, scoring three goals including one in the final to win the tournament.
Olmo, who joined Zagreb from Barcelona in 2014 at the tender of age of 16, has begun the 2019-20 campaign in the same vein. He has five goals and five assists in eight outings. Obviously well known at Barca, the Spanish giants want him back.
However, the report claims Tottenham had the chance to sign Olmo in the summer, as did Atletico Madrid. However, the two sides opted against paying the £35.7million asking price for the attacking midfielder. Now, Barca are in pole position.
TBR’s view – Will Tottenham live to regret Olmo decision?
Olmo’s explosive form this season shows that he has the potential to light it up in any of Europe’s biggest leagues. He has the ability, the eye for goal, the speed, the trickery, the creativity to shine in Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France.
A fee of £35.7million is hardly a huge expense for one of Europe’s best talents, and Spurs – and indeed Atletico – will surely be frustrated at their decision not to take a risk. Even more so, if Olmo does move to Barca and impresses.