Manchester City are among a host of major European clubs that also includes Manchester United to have shown interest in young Dinamo Zagreb winger Dani Olmo, Mundo Deportivo reports.
The 20-year-old is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy and a Spain under-21 international, but made the surprise decision in 2015 to quit Barcelona for Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb, where he has played since.
Croatia have been trying to get Olmo to represent them, but he hasn’t obtained Croatian citizenship and made his debut for Spain’s under-21 side in October 2018.
Olmo’s performances have won rave reviews, and along with Manchester City, neighbours Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and his former club Barcelona have asked about his situation.
In City’s case, Mundo Deportivo claims Pep Guardiola believes Olmo’s so-called Barça DNA would suit his style of football and allow him to adapt perfectly to City’s style.
Barcelona, meanwhile, view it as a Gerard Pique style case – they do not usually re-sign players who walked out on them at youth level, but will make exceptions, and Olmo would be one of them.
Dinamo Zagreb believe the starting price for Olmo would be €25 million (£21.8 million), and given the standard of clubs keen on the youngster, expect it could rise well beyond that if an auction breaks out.
For City, there is no pressing need for another winger and it seems unlikely they’d get too involved in a bidding war, unless one of their existing group was to leave. City’s own young starlet, Brahim Diaz, for example, is finding minutes hard to find because of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Riyad Mahrez’s form.