RB Leipzig Confirm Signing of Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2020

ZAGREB, CROATIA - DECEMBER 11: Dani Olmo of Dinamo Zagreb celebrates a goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester City at Maksimir Stadium on December 11, 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Luka Stanzl/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)
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RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing of Spain international forward Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb.

The Bundesliga club announced the deal on their Twitter account on Saturday:

RB Leipzig English @RBLeipzig_EN

We're delighted to announce the signing of Dani Olmo from @gnkdinamo! ✍️ Welcome to the Bulls, @daniolmo7 🤗 🔴⚪ #DieRotenBullen https://t.co/2WFvwu5ARb

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: RB Leipzig have signed 21-year-old midfielder Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb until 2024 https://t.co/2GHBjVPllC

The 21-year-old, who left Barcelona's academy in 2014 to move to Zagreb, has been linked with a number of European football's elite clubs, so Leipzig will consider his acquisition a coup in the midseason window.

Olmo caught the eye in the UEFA Champions League this season. While Zagreb struggled and were only able to win one of their group games, the forward impressed with two goals and an assist.

He netted this brilliant volley to open the scoring in the clash with Manchester City, albeit the team went on to lose 4-1: 

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

🔵 Stunning finish by Dani Olmo! #UCL | @gnkdinamo https://t.co/mnPkCufA9w

Olmo's nose for goals, dynamism and versatility unsurprisingly caught the eye of a number of clubs, with the man himself confirming earlier in January that Barcelona showed an interest in signing him.

However, Leipzig have stolen a march on a number of elite teams to bring in the Spaniard. Scouted Football think that working under a manager like Julian Nagelsmann will help Olmo in his bid to take his game to the next level: 

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Dani Olmo to RB Leipzig: an intelligent move that strikes a balance between expectation and a pathway. He'll work within an ultra-competitive set-up and compete to break into a very good team, whilst developing under an extraordinary coach. Big opportunity with big upside. https://t.co/idsCtQv0IQ

Per the Bundesliga's Alex Chaffer, Olmo is one of a number of exciting prospects to have arrived in the German top flight in the January transfer window: 

Alex Chaffer @AlexChaffer

January 2020 has been a pretty special transfer window for the @Bundesliga_EN and most talented young players joining the league. Erling Haaland Dani Olmo Exequiel Palacaios Jean-Clair Todibo

It will be fascinating to see how Leipzig use the Spain star, as they are already one of the most potent attacking sides on the continent.

This season, Timo Werner has starred at the point of the attack, grabbing 20 Bundesliga goals already. He's been well supported by the likes of Yussuf Poulsen and Patrick Schick. Olmo will add even more competition to the forward positions, as well as on the flanks.

The acquisition will be a huge boost to Leipzig in what is shaping up to be a thrilling season. Ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga matches, they have a four-point lead at the top of the German top flight. They will also face Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League last 16, with the first leg set for February 19.


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