Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo has slammed Dinamo Zagreb for their hefty asking price after failing to secure a summer move.
Having just starred in Spain’s Euro U21 Championship triumph, Olmo was linked with a host of clubs with Manchester United amongst those said to be keen.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils had a £23.5m bid rejected by Dinamo for the 21-year-old. It was reported at the time that the Croatian outfit wanted to keep hold of the youngster for their Champions League qualification campaign – which saw them secure a place in the group stages of the competition after beating Rosenborg over two legs in a play-off.
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The Mirror claims Dinamo put a €40 (£36m) price tag on Olmo’s head which he believes was too high given the standard of their domestic league.
He admits he still wants to move to a club in the five big leagues which could open the door for United or one of the other interested clubs to chance their arm again when the January transfer window opens.
“I have nothing to hide: I wanted to leave Dinamo, I wanted to move on and join a strong club in the five big leagues,” Olmo told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
“I thought this summer was the best time to leave.
“I think this price is too high. Not because I think I’m worth less, but because I play in the Croatian league, and the foreign clubs pay attention to this.
“Realistically, it’s difficult for a player in the Croatian league to reach this price.”
You’d think his plan is to stay in the Champions League which could go against United if they decide to make a move for him in January or next summer.
But signing Olmo would make sense as the club are in the market for a versatile forward, and he wouldn’t break the bank. We have to be realistic with penny-pinching owners!