?Barcelona have quickly denied making a formal offer to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo, just hours after they reportedly lodged an official bid.
The 21-year-old, who used to be part of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, has spent the last five and a half years in Croatia where he’s gone on to make 124 appearances across all competitions – breaking into Spain’s senior national team in the process.
Barcelona are among a group of clubs across Europe who are tracking Olmo’s future ahead of the January transfer window, but the club have stressed to Mundo Deportivo that they haven’t made an official offer for the Dinamo Zagreb star.
Barça made their position clear just hours after ESPN reported the club had in fact recently made an official bid to sign Olmo.
The reigning La Liga champions have been in talks with Dinamo Zagreb but so far it appears their contact has been limited to discussing Olmo’s availability, rather than an attempts to hash out a deal before the transfer window re-opens.
Olmo only has a contract at the Stadion Maksimir until 2021 and he recently revealed his desire to leave Croatia sooner rather than later.
“Last summer was an ideal time to take a next step,” Olmo told Jugones. “In the end it did not happen and I said that I was equally happy because I wanted to play Champions League.
“But I think my cycle there is over and I want to take the next step to continue improving.”
As well as attracting interest from his former club Barcelona – Olmo spent seven years at La Masia – the Spain international is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
Since breaking into the first team at Dinamo Zagreb, Olmo has been directly involved 62 goals across all competitions.
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