RB Leipzig’s attacking midfielder Dani Olmo has once again been linked with a move to Barcelona, this time after a supposed request from manager Xavi.
Spanish news outlet Fichajes claims that the manager sees Olmo as a perfect candidate who can reinforce the attack next season, and, together with the sporting director, Mateu Alemany, is working on bringing the 23-year-old back home.
Barcelona has been scouting Olmo since the previous summer. The Blaugrana, along with Manchester United, were thought to be in the race, but as the doubts started soaring, both the teams decided to end the pursuit.
This time around, however, Barcelona have decided to reignite their interest thanks to Xavi’s personal wishes. The manager understands his team can take advantage of what seems to be a troubling situation at Leipzig.
It is understood that the player is supposedly unhappy with the role he has been given, which has forced him to assess his options for the future.
Despite Barcelona’s interest though, the deal certainly isn’t going to be as straightforward as it seems. Firstly, because the club’s finances are still wobbling and secondly, because the player has a valid contract with Leipzig until 2024.
Fichajes says Barcelona’s pursuit of Dani Olmo can only turn into a reality if they manage to get some sales in the summer. If that is indeed the case, they can expect to make a move for the 23-year-old.
Interestingly enough, Dani Olmo is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. The versatile midfielder, who can play as an attacking midfielder and as a winger, joined the youth setup at the tender age of nine.
In 2014, however, he decided to take up a different challenge by joining Dinamo Zagreb, aged 16. Six years later, he moved to Germany, joining RB Leipzig on a four-year contract.
In his three seasons with the team so far, the 23-year-old has scored 16 goals in 87 appearances. Four of those 16 strikes have come in the ongoing season across all competitions.