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Lowdown: Who is Man Utd’s exciting target Dani Olmo

Manchester United continue their search for young talents despite having their own in the academy.

Former Barcelona academy man catches the eyes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his impressive run in the under 21 Euros.

Dani Olmo currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, based in Croatia, where reports are surfacing about a £35million bid from Manchester United for the creative midfielder’s services.

Olmo played a pivotal role in Spain’s triumphant win of the under-21 Euros, as he scored 3 goals in the competition. Including one vital goal in the final against Germany.

Last season, the 21-year-old had 44 games worth of experience under his belt. Ten of those 44 games were Europa League appearances, a competition United will partake in next season. Where he scored 2 goals and created 4 assists. Olmo scored 12 goals and got 9 assists in those 44 games.

Olmo was once a part of the Barcelona academy, which is evident in the way he plays. He is a very creative attacking-midfielder, able to pull off intricate passes and would definitely provide the likes of Rashford and Martial, with precise passes in-behind the defensive lines of the Premier League.

However, Manchester United recently targeted a lot of youngsters; Daniel James, Wan-Bissaka, Sean Longstaff and now Olmo, amongst others.

Sean Longstaff could be compared to the likes of Scott McTominay and/or Jimmy Garner, two players currently within the United ranks. Similarly, Angel Gomes is a fantastic attacking midfielder who’s play-making abilities have world-class potential, just like Olmo.

Many Man Utd fans may be unsettled with Solskjaer’s approach as it demonstrates a lack of faith in their own academy as they are seeking out youth players from other squads. On the other hand, if Manchester United signed only one or two big-name players. Many fans would see it as a ploy to sell shirts, forget about the poor performances and not actually improve the future and stability of the squad, as they did with signings such as Alexis Sanchez and Di Maria.

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