There was a surprise departure from Arsenal earlier in the week. Talented youngster Robbie Burton made a switch to Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb. The under-23 talent, who had captained the age group on occasions this season, has certainly taken plenty by surprise with his destination.
But others have made the surprise switch to Dinamo from a top European academy to find success.
The main example would have to be Spanish international Dani Olmo.
The former Barcelona youth product left for Croatia as a teenager and built up a solid reputation as one of Europe’s finest midfield talents.
Such form for Zagreb and the Spanish under-21 side saw Olmo become the subject of heavy interest in the January transfer window. He was linked with several clubs across Europe, including Arsenal. The Gunners, according to The Mirror, were considering him as a replacement for Mesut Ozil had the German left in January. Olmo eventually headed to the Bundesliga, joining RB Leipzig in a reported (Goal) £21 million.
Burton has himself confirmed to Sportske Novosti in Croatia that he hopes to emulate Olmo’s success in making it as a foreign talent at Dinamo.
“Dinamo introduced me to their project and I think this is the best move for my career. It is my first time in Zagreb and I can say that the city is as beautiful as I can see.
“When it comes to Dinamo players, I’ve heard of Dani Olmo. I hope that in the future I will achieve what he has.”
Of course, it will not be easy for Burton to emulate Olmo. The Spaniard spent much longer in the Croatian side’s set-up which has helped him become one of Europe’s most exciting playmakers.
Arsenal fans will no doubt be watching closely to see if they end up regretting letting this 20-year-old go.