We are halfway through the January transfer window, and the most intense speculation appears to be surrounding a potential move for Dani Olmo.
Croatian outlet Sportske dropped a huge bombshell on Wednesday night when they reported that Milan have had a €30m bid accepted for Olmo, with the player keen on the move and the potential for everything to be agreed ‘soon’.
Conflicting reports have emerged since then as well as a denial from Dinamo’s president, so what can we trust? Radio Rossonera believe there are three big clues that suggest a deal could be on the cards…
Clue number one
The report begins by claiming that Zvonimir Boban met his good friend and former international team-mate Zoran Mamic before the Christmas break at a location in central Milano.
A lunch with friends of course and not the first, as they had already seen each other when Dinamo played Atalanta at San Siro, but also one between the Chief of Football of Milan and the director of football of Dinamo Zagreb.
Though Radio Rossonera are not privy to what was discussed, Boban’s “passion” for Olmo means the Spanish starlet was almost certainly mentioned.
Clue number 2
Currently Dinamo are on a training camp, and despite not having physical problems, Olmo may not play the friendly scheduled for tomorrow at 15:00 CET between Dinamo and Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Manager Nenad Bjelica has apparently made it known that he will not field the 21-year-old unless circumstances change. Tomorrow we will find out if he will actually be used, or whether the sources are correct and he will be left out, possibly to prevent injury.
Clue number 3
During tomorrow’s friendly the aforementioned Mamic will be present – a bit of a surprise – and Olmo’s agent Andy Bara is also expected to be there. Just a coincidence?
After all, Bara revealed he had nothing to say ‘for now’ when asked about the Milan rumours.
Radio Rossonera adds that Milan are ready to put on the table an offer of €20million (max €25m) which with bonuses would reach around €30m, an offer that Dinamo could also accept.
Olmo would welcome a move to Milan and will talk about it with his agent tomorrow and with his father Miguel, who would like for his son to take a ‘step forward’ in his career.
If Milan can sell Lucas Paqueta or Suso, that may be all they need to sink a decisive blow, but competition is fierce.
Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked, Spanish outlet Sport claimed Chelsea had placed a bid, Barcelona have been credited with interest and finally Spurs are also apparently in the hunt.