Football Index traders holding Dani Olmo (£1.47) were no doubt jumping for joy on Tuesday, as the news hit that the young Spaniard is being lined up with a £35million bid from Man United. It’s Olmo-st as if the newspapers have cottoned on to the fact that linking a player to the Red Devils will get plenty of notice. The Index faithful will no doubt be happy to see another player linked with a big money move to Old Trafford, but in Dani Olmo, we have a future star that is genuinely worth the hype.
Dani Olmo took a slightly less-trodden path at the beginning of his career, opting to move from the Barcelona youth academy to Dinamo Zagreb. Since making the move to Croatia, Olmo has established himself as a classy player capable of attacking from the wings or sitting more centrally as an attacking midfielder. He has a reputation as a tricky dribbler with excellent pace and agility. When you combine this with his superb vision and penchant for shooting, it’s no wonder Olmo is getting admiring glances from some of Europe’s elite. In fact, Olmo has racked up an impressive outlay of 17 goals and 15 assists during his time in the Croatian capital.
The recent U21 Championships were the first opportunity for many fans to get a glimpse of Olmo’s talent and he didn’t disappoint. Having not even come off the subs bench in Spain’s opening 3-1 loss to Italy, Olmo took his chance in the second round of fixtures with an early goal in the 2-1 win against Belgium. The youngster went on to score 3 goals in total during the tournament and even managed to bag the winner in the final against Germany. Whilst fellow compatriot Fabian Ruiz (£1.82) was voted most valuable player, Olmo joined him in being selected for the team of the tournament, which was largely comprised of German and Spanish stars.
A host of top clubs have already been linked with Olmo in the past year alone, with the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and AC Milan registering their interest. With Man United being the latest in a long line of suitors, Dinamo Zagreb will no doubt be resigned to losing their star man this summer. Still, Zagreb’s loss will hopefully be the Index traders gain, as a move to a PB friendly league could further boost Olmo’s price tag. Olmo has only offered glimpses of his performance buzz potential, but in 8 Europa League matches last year, he was able to rack up two scores over 100 points, so the early signs are very positive! With this in mind, perhaps Olmo has further growth in him yet to come?
With the transfer bids flying in thick and fast, Olmo will surely be one player on the move this summer and based on what we’ve seen of him so far, he may well have his pick of the bunch when the time comes.