Who is Dani Olmo? Liverpool has key edge over Barcelona in '$65m race' after Xavi sacking

Dani Olmo celebrates after RB Leipzig's goal against Wolfsburg in April
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Liverpool is reportedly looking to sign Dani Olmo from RB Leipzig this summer. It is claimed the Reds have an edge over Barcelona in pursuit of the 26-year-old, who is said to have a release clause of $65m (£51m/€60m) which is only active before July 15.

According to Marca, the price will then go up which would deter Barca. Olmo was on its books at youth team level and it supposedly wants him to return.

However, the Spanish outlet suggests Barcelona cannot sign the player at the moment. The club is still restricted by Financial Fair Play, while space would have to be made in the wage bill for Olmo.

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Since this story broke, it was revealed on Friday that Barca had sacked Xavi, the latest twist in a remarkable saga. He announced in January that he would leave at the end of the season, before changing his mind last month. Yet now Joan Laporta has decided to replace him, likely with Hansi Flick. The relative stability at Anfield could be another benefit in the Reds’ alleged bid to sign Olmo.

The player reportedly wants his future sorted by July 15 and will likely be at the European Championship in Germany, so an ability to make a move sooner rather than later looks key. Whether Olmo’s next club will be Liverpool remains to be seen, but what sort of player would it be getting?

The former Dinamo Zagreb man started against the Reds twice in the 2020/21 Champions League, though he was unable to stop RB Leipzig falling to a 4-0 aggregate defeat. Olmo displayed his versatility in the tie, though, starting up front in a 3-5-2 formation in the first leg, before dropping back into the left of midfield for the second match.

Liverpool has a strong relationship with Leipzig, having purchased three of its players in the last six years. While Olmo’s time at the club did not coincide with Naby Keïta’s, he made 43 appearances alongside Dominik Szoboszlai and 20 with Ibrahima Konaté. Olmo and the Hungarian midfielder combined for three goals during their shared playing time, including one in a DFL-Supercup loss to Bayern Munich two years ago.

The primary concern with the Spanish international is his relative lack of availability. Per FBRef, Olmo has completed just 41.9 per cent of the possible Bundesliga minutes since moving to Germany, playing over half of the time in just one of five campaigns.

His main strengths lie in his passing. He is in the 96th percentile among attacking midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for expected assists per 90 minutes across the last year. Olmo is also in the top 11 per cent for passes into the final third, through balls and long pass completion rate.

If Arne Slot is to use the 4-2-3-1 system he frequently deployed with Feyenoord, it’s easy to picture Olmo playing in the trio behind the front man. Liverpool isn’t short of such players, so may not need to sign the Spaniard, but he has the talent required should the Reds fancy a change. says: With three years remaining on his contract, Liverpool would likely need there to be a release clause in Olmo's contract if it was to make a move for him this summer. The Reds' regular dealings with RB Leipzig should make any potential deal easier to complete but this isn't a transfer which currently feels likely.