Dani Olmo confirms he snubbed January transfer to Premier League

Date published: Saturday 21st March 2020 11:29

Dani Olmo has confirmed that he turned down offers from the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A before signing for RB Leipzig  in the winter transfer window.

Olmo, 21, who graduated from Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, was tipped to return to the Camp Nou in January from Dinamo Zagreb.

The midfielder’s performances for the Croatian side, as well as his starring role in Spain’s Under-21 European Championships triumph prompted Barca’s interest in their former starlet.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain were also interested, while Premier League interest came from Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Wolves.

None of the English clubs could secure a move for Olmo, who eventually signed for Leipzig in a deal which could end up being worth £21m.

“I had several offers, not only from Spain, but also from Italy and England,” Olmo told Mundo Deportivo. “But RB Leipzig was the team that bet the most.

“The sports director came to see me in Zagreb and the coach called me to convey his interest because he wanted me to be part of his staff. And that was very important to me.

 

 

 

“The project they offered me was not given to me by any other team. This is how I felt and I was determined that it was the best option. I am clear about the path I want to travel and what I have to do to achieve it.”

Olmo also revealed his old club Barca did have an interest in him, but went cold on a transfer.

“They [Barcelona] spoke to my agents in November as if they wanted to make the transfer very quickly, but then everything was postponed for one reason or another,” he added.

“And then near the end of January, when they asked me to wait to see, it was already almost done with Leipzig. At that time, I had already signed up. Because I wanted to go to a team that had a project now and in the future for me.

“Leipzig offered it to me and other teams did not. I went to the team that insisted the most and showed the most that they wanted me.”

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