Croatian League: Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Almo targeted by Manchester City
English champions Manchester City, which are preparing to spend big again to ensure their place among Europe's elite, are in the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo, according to news reports.
The Citizens are linked with a move for the Spanish international in the next transfer window.
Olmo has been on the radar of Manchester City and other European giants after a string of impressive performances for the Croatian champions.
News reports also claim that Zagreb is asking for at least £34million for the signature of the 21-year-old forward, who played against Pep Guardiola's City in this season's Champions League.
The Barcelona Football Academy graduate joined Zagreb in 2014 and is eligible to represent Croatia's national team, but his desire to represent his country of birth has never waned.
This week the 21-year-old's dreams came true when Spanish coach Robert Moreno made his name in the Euro 2020 squad against Malta and Romania.
Olmo had previously worked hard to ensure that his citizenship status did not affect his chances of representing his native Spain.
"I'm proud to be in Croatia, one of the greatest national teams in the world, they want my service anytime. But I am a native of Spain and playing for my own country team has been a dream for a long time," Olmo told MARCA Radio.
"As a football player, it is a dream to represent the national team. I must work hard to not miss that opportunity," said Olmo, who already scored three goals for Spain in the European B-21 Championship earlier this year while helping Dinamo win seven trophies in four seasons.
Despite reports that have also linked him with Manchester City and other big clubs including AC Milan, Roma, Manchester United and his old club Barcelona, Olmo has thought little about his future.
"I am only 21 years old, I still have a long time for this foot to step on the football field. My agent and father prevented me from talking about the transfer issue and I only focused on football. I'm in a great moment like I was before the finals and we're about to finish it again," said Olmo.
Spain will face Group F's weakest team Malta in Cadiz tomorrow. The Spaniards occupy the top of Group F after collecting 20 points with an unbeaten run of eight games.
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