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Dani Olmo is a name that could soon be well known all across the footballing world.
The now 21-year-old talent is currently plying his trade over in the Croatian top-flight, playing for Dinamo Zagreb, the team from the capital.
And so far, he’s having a wonderful season with the Zagreb Blues.
Dinamo are competing in the Champions League this year once again and Olmo has been a big part of their campaign so far, tallying a goal and an assist in the four games they’ve played so far in Europe.
Over in 1. HNL, the Croatian league, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has bagged two goals and followed it up with two assists in a total of six games played.
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But goals and assists can barely begin to describe his talent and for that reason, recent links with Manchester City don’t really come as a surprise anymore.
Calciomercato reported that Pep Guardiola has taken an interest in the young prodigy but might have some competition from Italy on that front, namely from Roma and AC Milan.
Interestingly enough, Olmo made his debut for Spain’s senior team on Friday night and managed to score a couple of minutes after entering the pitch.
Apart from that, he also registered one successful dribble and three shots on target in 24 minutes he spent defending the colours of his country.
With the talent that’s on display with this youngster, it’s difficult to see him stay put in Dinamo Zagreb, and his current coach, Nenad Bjelica, feels the same way.
Just recently, he spoke to 24sata, a Croatian outlet, and stated that Olmo is already too big for Dinamo and that they will find it utterly difficult to fend off all the offers the kid has already warranted.
For that reason, the performance he mustered against Malta with Spain is just another line in his already rich CV that he keeps on growing.
Calciomercato mentioned a price tag of €40m (£34.2m) in their initial report but the longer they wait, the higher his value will go.
Let’s see if Guardiola ends up pulling the trigger and bringing the kid to the Etihad.