Everton and Manchester United are both reported to have missed out on a deal for Spanish under-21 star Dani Olmo this summer.
As reported by Sportske Novosti, Dinamo Zagreb rejected several bids from the UK for the player.
Manchester United bid €25 million (£23m) for the player whilst Everton’s rejected bid reportedly stood at €28 million (£26.3m).
Everton were certainly tentatively mentioned as a potential location for the former Barcelona talent throughout the summer. However, this report seems to confirm an approach was actually made.
The problem for Everton and other English teams involved in the bidding for Olmo is the early close of the UK transfer window.
The report from SN states that Dinamo have no intention of selling Olmo until after the Champions League qualifying phases. The hope is that Olmo can help the Croatian side qualify for the Champions League group stages. In doing so, Dinamo will receive a significant financial windfall. Dinamo could then still sell Olmo on before the close of the European transfer window, therefore making more money and having Champions League football as a lure for potential replacements.
With that in mind, Bayern Munich remain in the race for the player. The report seems to suggest that by the time the English transfer window opens again, Everton might see Olmo playing in Germany or elsewhere.
Everton fans will no doubt be disappointed not to have secured the signing of a player who impressed so much at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships.