ZAGREB, 23 January 2020 – Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo is set to join German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig for a record Croatian fee, daily Sportske novosti exclusively reports.
Olmo left Dinamo’s mid-season training camp in Rovinj this morning and headed for Zagreb. The 21-year-old Spaniard is expected shortly to undergo a medical and sign a deal with the German club.
“All the details of the deal have not yet been settled, but virtually everything has been agreed, Olmo will continue his career in the Bundesliga,” the daily writes, adding that the deal is set to break a club and Croatian league record.
Marko Pjaca’s 23 million euro move to Juventus is currently the club and Croatian league record but Olmo’s deal is expectedly to pass that.
Dinamo Zagreb coach Nenad Bjelica confirmed the news to media on Thursday.
“From all the offers he got he decided to go with RB Leipzig. I believe he will show there what he showed at Dinamo and will improve in the best possible way there. He farewelled his teammates today and was very emotional. This is life and we wish him the best,” Bjelica said.
Olmo has been the target of a number of big European clubs after an impressive year for the Croatian champions, including from Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen.
Olmo was a former Barcelona’s youth team player before deciding to join the Dinamo Zagreb Academy at the age of 16. After developing with Dinamo Zagreb, Olmo’s breakthrough year came in 2018 when he was voted Croatian first division player of the year. He was impressive for the club in their run in the Europa League and again caught the attention of some of Europe’s big clubs when he won the Under-21 European Championship with Spain.
This season he has continued his great form and was a standout for Dinamo in the Champions League which saw him earn his first full cap for Spain, scoring on debut against Malta.