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Man United could find Juan Mata heir in Dani Olmo

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has already bolstered his squad this month with the loan signings of Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst, although there have been reports that the Dutchman could be eyeing further recruits before the end of the window.

According to reports in Spain at the start of January, the Red Devils are believed to have made an offer to sign RB Leipzig sensation, Dani Olmo, with the 24-year-old also said to be attracting interest from Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich.

Journalist Christian Falk – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – has now provided an update on that reported interest, with the German football expert revealing that United are closely monitoring the 29-cap maestro at present.

The transfer insider stated: “Yeah, Manchester United are still watching him, of course. Leipzig are hopeful to get Olmo on a new contract. He didn’t sign now, so they’re getting a little bit nervous because he could want to change leagues.”

The 5 foot 10 dynamo – who is valued at around £31m according to CIES Football Observatory – is facing an uncertain future at his current side, with just 18 months to run on his existing deal.

That fact has likely alerted the Old Trafford outfit – and others – with the former Dinamo Zagreb starlet having also caught the eye due to his standout form of late, with 41 goal involvements in 106 games across all competitions for Leipzig.

That follows what was a stunning stint in Croatia in which the playmaker provided 34 goals and 28 assists in 124 games in total, having been described as an “outstanding footballer” by former boss Julian Nagelsmann.

As such, the “magic” gem – as lauded by talent scout Jacek Kulig – could well prove a dream heir for compatriot Juan Mata at the Theatre of Dreams, with the veteran midfielder having also been lauded as a “little magician” by former teammate Michael Carrick in the past.

The diminutive maestro – who left the Manchester outfit over the summer after eight-and-a-half years at the club – was a reliable attacking presence during that lengthy stint with the Red Devils, scoring 51 goals and providing 47 assists in 285 games in all competitions.

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Much like Olmo, the current Galatasaray man was able to operate in an attacking midfield berth or on the flanks, having possessed a knack for being able to create something out of nothing, as evidenced by his stunning overhead kick at Anfield in 2015, for instance.

Although the 34-year-old did fall down the pecking order in his final years with United – making just 12 appearances last term – he was still able to offer a solid alternative to Bruno Fernandes in the side, with Ten Hag currently lacking a playmaking option to rival the Portugal international following Donny van de Beek’s season-ending injury.

As such, snapping up the promising Olmo in the near future could prove to be the ideal successor to Mata for the Red Devils.