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Dani Olmo is one of the many La Masia products to have left Barcelona in search of regular first-team football. Now, the 23-year-old has been attracting a lot of attention from the top clubs in Europe. Manchester City are understood to be the front-runners for his signature and Olmo was undoubtedly the point of discussion as City prepared to take on RB Leipzig in the final Champions League group game of the 2021-22 season.
Olmo is one of the top-ranking talents at RB Leipzig but he has found first-team opportunities hard to achieve this season. So far, he has featured in just under 130 minutes of action in the Bundesliga before suffering an injury that will rule him out of the upcoming game against City. Olmo never got to feature in the Barcelona first-team, but he was coming through at a time when the Catalan outfit were achieving immense success under Guardiola. Olmo eventually left Barcelona for Dinamo Zagreb on a free transfer in 2014 before moving to RB Leipzig for just under £20 million in January 2020.
Manchester City might have to pay around £50 million to secure his signature. Even such a transfer fee may not be sufficient to tempt RB Leipzig, who have been able to tie down the player to a contract that does not run out until 2024. Last season, Olmo contributed 12 assists and seven goals in 46 games across all competitions.
It is very easy to consider Olmo as a ‘Guardiola player’ given that he is flexible playing across the front three or as an attacking midfielder, where he prefers to spend most of his time. At the same time, Olmo also has an eye for goal that make some crucial in Guardiola’s system where players frequently interchange positions so that it is not always the striker who is under the burden of scoring goals.