Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti have claimed that Liverpool have entered the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb attacker Dani Olmo, just days after he was linked with a move to Merseyside rivals Everton.
Olmo, 21, starred for Spain at the Under-21 European Championship this summer, helping his country win the competition with three goals and an assist in four matches. He scored in the final during a 2-1 win over Germany.
His excellent form for Spain, twinned with 12 goals and nine assists from attacking midfield for Zagreb, has caught the eye of suitors. This week, Spanish outlet Don Balon claimed Everton were willing to meet Olmo’s asking price.
However, Everton are not alone in their pursuit of the versatile playmaker, who came through Barcelona’s La Masia academy before joining Zagreb in 2014. Now, Liverpool are said to have joined a long list of suitors.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also after his signature. He is rated at £35million, and has two years left on his deal.
TBR’s view – Liverpool a better home for Olmo than Everton
Olmo is an exceptional talent but at 21 years of age, he is a player that needs to be handled delicately in order to maximise his potential. At Everton, that potential will only be wasted.
Without European football, Everton have less games in order to give Olmo game time. At Liverpool, Champions League football twinned with the likelihood they will go all the way in the FA Cup and League Cup promises plenty of game time.
Olmo will not be a starter at Liverpool or at Everton, but at Anfield he will get more game time.