Chelsea are expected to make an offensive signing this January after a woeful start to the campaign has left them tenth in the Premier League, ten points adrift of top four, and defeated by the hand of Manchester City in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Despite agreeing a fee for flourishing German Bundesliga star Christopher Nkunku in October for £52.4m, Blues boss Graham Potter is eyeing one of the dynamic French forward’s most talented teammates at RB Leipzig, according to reports from Spain.
Indeed, Dani Olmo has been a mainstay for Leipzig since signing from Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in January 2020 for £17m, chalking up 106 appearances for his outfit, scoring 19 goals and providing 22 assists.
The Daily Mail continued speculation regarding a switch to Stamford Bridge at the weekend, underlining his signature as one to be considered as a shrewd alternative to the touted Shakhtar Donetsk phenom Mykhaylo Mudryk, who Chelsea and Arsenal are waging a transfer battle for his £88m signature.
With the 24-year-old Olmo’s contract set for expiry with his German outfit in 2024, he might be an acquisition worth pursuing, providing versatile quality for a team in dire need of a spark for success.
This season, Olmo’s three goals and four assists from only seven starts across all competitions have been a reminder of his prowess, with a knee injury hampering his progress.
Regardless, the £30m-rated ace is one of the best fluid playmakers in the game, with FBref ranking him within the top 16% of attacking midfielders and wingers across Europe’s major leagues for progressive passes, and the top 18% for dribbles completed, highlighting the creative approach that could spark some attacking potency into Chelsea’s withered squad.
One scouting report encapsulated the multi-faceted arsenal the Spaniard boast, saying:
“Olmo is seen as one of the most talented players in Spain’s latest generation of midfield maestros. The Catalan’s specialities which make him stand out are his technical skills with the ball at his feet.
“His close control is mesmerising to watch, and almost impossible to play against as an opposition defender. Olmo couples that ability with his will to drive the ball at goal, be that in his own possession or with threaded through-balls.”
That will to drive forwards will no doubt be reminiscent of speedster, Mudryk, who despite possessing less technical grace than the Spaniard, is just as dangerous with the ball at his feet.
Compared to the “magic” Olmo – as dubbed by scout Jacek Kulig – he ranks poorly for progressive passes (the worst 1%) but as far as dribbles are concerned, they are incredibly alike with the Ukraine superstar sitting in the best 3% of wingers for that metric.
Starring for Spain at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the 29-cap Olmo recorded an average rating of 7.05 for his exploits, starting all four matches his nation played, registering one goal and one assist.
His 3.0 shots per match, 1.3 key passes and 86% passing accuracy are all tools that could be successfully wielded at Chelsea, with his ingenuity and selfless play resulting in a marked increase in productivity across every offensive department.
Olmo is a player that Blues technical director Christopher Vivell must sign, an official bid would likely tempt Leipzig, giving his contract situation, and he could turn the ship around at a time of desperate need, bringing lift back to the core of Stamford Bridge.