KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United has been monitoring former Barcelona striker Dani Olmo, a report says
  • Manchester City was also linked to the 23-year-old Spanish player
  • Olmo was different from other ex-Barca academy players

Despite already having Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United may still be planning to bolster its attack, a report has suggested.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been enjoying his current front line, which comprises highly competitive strikers. Ronaldo is evidently the first option, but Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood are also capable of scoring goals in bunches.

However, the Red Devils are already looking ahead as they have been keeping tabs on RB Leipzig striker Dani Olmo, Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk reported.

Olmo’s impressive 19 goal contributions in his debut season in Germany and string of excellent displays last season have captured the attention of “several clubs,” including his boyhood club Barcelona, according to Manchester Evening News.

However, Barca is likely to be out of the conversation given the club’s current financial woes. Hence, Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to capitalize on the situation.

Between the two Manchester teams, Falk reported that United specifically has scouted Olmo at “many matches.” International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

This wasn’t the first time Manchester United has been linked to a transfer swoop for Olmo. In fact, around two weeks after Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford, a report said that the 23-year-old was already on the radar of the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United reacts following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on May 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Photo: Getty Images/Peter Powell - Pool

Like many of the sport’s most celebrated stars, Olmo too was honed by Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.

Olmo left the Catalans at age 16 for Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and became one of the team’s most notable players. Seven years after parting ways with Barca, the Spaniard hinted at a possible return.

“Barça will always have a special place in my heart,” Olmo said earlier this year. “It was a privilege to have played there. It is a point of reference for the rest of the football world and any child would give anything to play there, where so many greats have arrived and learned the trade.”

Most La Masia products look up to Barcelona’s former talisman Lionel Messi. However, Olmo was one of the few exceptions as unlike other kids his age, he was already too focused on developing his game.

"I was 8 years old. I was playing happily by myself with a ball, when someone — I think it was a friend of my dad’s — came over and told me, 'Hey, Dani, come here! You’re not going to believe this. You’re going to have your picture taken with Lionel Messi!'” he recalled.

"Wow, Messi, right? In Castelldefels? What kid wouldn’t want their picture with him? Well, me! I was like, 'No, thanks. I’m good. I want to keep playing! It’s just a picture, right?'” he continued.