Another product of Barcelona’s famed youth academy, Dani Olmo now plies his trade in Croatia with champions Dinamo Zagreb, where he has flourished in the Croatian First Football League.
The Spanish midfielder has begun to attract the attention of major European sides following a string of impressive displays with the capital club, as a player largely unknown in the football world is starting to grow a reputation across the continent.
With 13 goals in his last one-and-a-half seasons, there is a reason why major sides are keen on the ex-La Masia star, including his former side.
Here are four things you should know about the Liverpool, Barcelona and AC Milan target.
4. He Can Play Either as a Winger or an Attacking Midfielder
Olmo is a player who loves to get on the ball, being able to dictate any attacking moves his side look to build from his position in front of the midfielders.
The move to the centre of the pitch was a gradual one, having started much of his Dinamo career out wide, due to his impressive pace and a lack of options in that area. With tricks and flicks in his locker, he loves to burst past players and feed the forwards, possessing an excellent eye for a pass and superb composure in tight situations.
Predominately left footed, the Spaniard is equally effective with his right, a facet of his game that allows him to be constantly one step ahead of defenders. He has flourished since cementing his place as an attacking midfielder, his favoured position.
3. He’s Been With Dinamo Zagreb for Five Years
It was big move for the youngster to leave home and play abroad, but he’s done so with such ease that he has already been in Croatia for five years. After assessing his options at La Masia, he made the bold move to search for first team opportunities elsewhere, having previously been touted as one of the stars of the Barcelona academy.
Since making his debut in 2015, he has played over 100 first team matches and established himself as a key member of the capital club’s squad. He has been a revelation in the Dinamo team this year, in what has been a breakthrough campaign, as he emerges as one of the best players in the division.
2. He’s Helped His Side Into the Europa League Round of 16
The league champions blitzed their way through to the last 32 of the Europa League after topping their group with 14 points and staying undefeated.
Olmo played his part with a goal and four assists in their group featuring Fenerbahce, Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht, starting each game in the process.
He continued that form over two legs against Plzen, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 first leg defeat in the Czech Republic. His side turned it around, however, winning 3-0 in the return leg and recording another assist as Dinamo set up a tricky round of 16 tie with Benfica.
1. He Won’t Come Cheap
Despite featuring for a club outside of the top five leagues in Europe, if reports are to be believed then any club eager to pluck Olmo away from Zagreb will need to reach deep into their pockets.
Calcio Mercato reported that last September, the attacking midfielder was worth in the region of £9m, however, due to his outstanding performances in Europe and domestically, that number has sky-rocketed to £23m.
Should Barcelona been keen to bring the 20-year-old back to the Camp Nou then they will be staring at a big loss, considering the player left them from their academy for nothing. With the Spaniard’s improvements on the pitch gradually seeing a steady rise, so could his price tag, as even Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen.