Blow for Manchester United as €60m Bundesliga superstar prefers Man City transfer

Man City leading Manchester United in the race for Dani Olmo

According to BILD, Dani Olmo is likely to move to the Premier League this summer.

The Spain international, who turns 26 this May as he finishes his fourth full season at RB Leipzig, has continued attracting admirers through his performances despite sustaining regular injuries during his time in Germany.

This season alone, the versatile attacking midfielder has missed 27 games for club and country due to injury, despite producing 7 goals and 5 assists from 21 appearances. (Source: Transfermarkt)

Since arriving in Germany in January 2020, Olmo has made 144 appearances for Die Roten Bullen, producing 28 goals and 34 assists. (Photo by Luciano Lima/Getty Images) (Photo by Luciano Lima/Getty Images)
Since arriving in Germany in January 2020, Olmo has made 144 appearances for Die Roten Bullen, producing 28 goals and 34 assists. (Photo by Luciano Lima/Getty Images) (Photo by Luciano Lima/Getty Images)

Valued at €60 million, Olmo’s current set of English suitors comprise Man City, Man United, Spurs, and Chelsea. City have the upper hand at the moment in the race, however, due to Olmo Barça’s connection with Pep Guardiola at the helm, though they can expect competition from Spurs not only in terms of money but also the allure of Ange Postecoglou’s project.

Olmo spent seven years at the Barça academy (2007–14) before moving to Croatia (Dinamo Zagreb) for senior pro opportunities. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Olmo spent seven years at the Barça academy (2007–14) before moving to Croatia (Dinamo Zagreb) for senior pro opportunities. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

A return to Barça has also been touted for Olmo but will be unlikely owing to the Catalan club’s well-documented financial struggles.

United need not fret

For Olmo, Man City will be the most lucrative prospect on all fronts. A Spurs move could be enticing given their projected upward mobility this season (which is indeed more than that of City, who are already at the summit), and even Chelsea cannot be ruled out from trying to throw silly money his way to beat the competition.

In any case, and also keeping in mind Olmo’s relatively long list of injuries in the face of his €60m price tag, United are probably better off looking elsewhere, having already too many of their existing players riddled with injuries on the sidelines.

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United will undoubtedly try to make a statement or two with their player acquisitions in the summer, the same way they have tried to do so in the back end of this season with their administrative appointments. It will be particularly interesting to see which low-priced targets United manage to bring to Old Trafford later this year alongside any marquee signings.