German side RB Leipzig have completed the signing of Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb, having fought off competition from a number of top European clubs. It is understood that Leipzig paid around £26million to sign the attacking midfielder.
Olmo will not be in the squad for Saturday’s match against Frankfurt. Rather, the midfielder will join his new team-mates for his first training session on Monday.
The Spaniard has established himself as one of the most in-demand midfielders in Europe having broken through into the Spanish national team in 2019. Olmo who was linked with Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the season has signed a deal with Leipzig until 2024.
Wolves were keen to sign him, and the Gunners wanted to take the 21-year-old midfielder on loan with no option to buy – an offer which Dinamo swiftly rejected in favour of sealing a deal with Leipzig. Arsenal later tried to sign him but they were unable to make an offer which met Dinamo’s asking price.
Olmo managed eight goals and seven assists during his 22 appearances for Dinamo this season – including a goal against Manchester City in the Champions League – and he will now continue his development in Germany.
Barca had held a long-term interest in Olmo, who came through the club’s famous La Masia academy before joining Zagreb when he was just 16. They were considering re-signing him, while AC Milan had also been pursuing the 21-year-old, but he has decided to move to the Bundesliga with Leipzig chasing their first-ever top-flight title.
Olmo, who scored on his debut for Spain against Malta back in November, wanted to leave Dinamo this month to give himself the best chance of making their squad for this summer’s Euro 2020.