Report explains why Tottenham didn't sign Barcelona target Dani Olmo

Daniel Levy takes his seat in the stand for the game during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly wanted to raid Dinamo Zagreb 11 years after bringing Luka Modric to the Premier League but Olmo didn't follow in his footsteps.

Dani Olmo of Spain looks on prior to the 2019 UEFA U-21 Final between Spain and Germany at Stadio Friuli on June 30, 2019 in Udine, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo last summer but refused to meet his £35.5 million price-tag, according to ESPN, with Barcelona now interested in bringing the La Masia graduate back to the Camp Nou.

2019 has been a breakthrough year for the 21-year-old. Olmo won the Croatian league’s Player of the Year after inspiring Dinamo to the title before tasting success again with Spain at the U21 European Championships in Italy.

 

And the winger’s rapid rise shows no signs of slowing. In eight games, he’s already produced five goals and five assists in the first few weeks of the current campaign.

Olmo spent seven years honing his trade at the famed La Masia academy and, according to ESPN, Barcelona want to re-sign a player they let go five years ago with the Terrassa-born wonder-kid establishing himself as one of the most exciting young forwards anywhere on the continent.

Nadiem Amiri of Germany and Dani Olmo of Spain during the UEFA Under 21 Championship final Spain v Germany at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy on June 30, 2019

But Olmo could have been lining up for Tottenham this season, only for Dinamo’s demands to put them off. ESPN points out that Spurs were not keen to pay £35.5 million for a player who, while possessing undoubted quality, is still completely unproven at the top level.

Then again, Tottenham had few concerns about signing a certain Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb 11 years ago and that didn’t go to badly.

Dani Olmo of Spain celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group A match between Spain and Belgium at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on June 19, 2019 in Reggio nell'...

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