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A closer look at Dani Olmo

What’s Next For Dani Olmo? Manchester United? Chelsea? Barcelona?

The ex-La Masia youth product has been rumoured to be looking for a move away from his current club Dinamo Zagreb. Where should the 21 year old move?

First, let’s look at Barcelona. Olmo arrived in FC Barcelona’s youth academy aged nine, from Catalan rivals Espanyol. This would seem the obvious first choice for Olmo as they can play all across the line and even in central midfield, opening the door for Barca to continue with their traditional 4-3-3, with Olmo on either flank or in central midfield. 

Making Barcelona his next move would be beneficial for multiple reasons. Firstly, Olmo already knows the tiki taka style ingrained in the club, so he would require little adaptation. Additionally, with both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi managing their games, Olmo could get plenty of opportunities as a rotational option to stake a claim and his excellent work rate could see him gain favour with the pragmatic Valverde.  

Heading over to the Premier League, we consider Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United. A lack of creativity in the Manchester United squad would make it a sound next move. Also, the two positions where Olmo has played his best football, on the right wing and at number 10, are the two positions in the team that need strengthening. 

A move to Old Trafford would be great for both parties. It would give Olmo a real chance of getting further in the Europa League and even potentially winning the competition, whilst Olmo would bring that essential bit of creativity to the attacking line up without losing pace or pressing. Olmo’s preferred method of chance creation, from central spaces of through balls in behind, really suits Man Utd’s pacey forwards – the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Dan James, who are constantly looking to get in behind their opponents. However, whilst United have been linked to Olmo, they’ve also been linked to a number of other creative midfielders including James Maddison and Jack Grealish – so there’s no guarantee that the interest in Olmo is genuine.

Chelsea seem to be the only Premier League side with solid links to the Spaniard. Whilst Frank Lampard has done brilliantly to establish Tammy Abraham as Chelsea’s number nine, the wide spots are still up for grabs. Pedro and Willian’s Chelsea careers are coming to an end and neither Christian Pulisic or Callum Hudson-Odoi have nailed down a position. 

The big question mark over Olmo is whether he can handle the step up to the Premier League in both physicality and quality. Whilst the youngster has performed well in Croatia, the league is ranked as the 19th best across Europe. Despite that, he has performed well in Europe, with involvement in nine goals across 16 appearances in the Europa League and Champions League, although these appearances aren’t weekly. This season, he has also been rested before or after Champions League games to ensure he is fresh.

Where do you think Dani Olmo should move to?