The reason RB Leipzig beat Chelsea to £17m Dani Olmo signing in January transfer window

Dani Olmo had no intention of joining Chelsea in the January transfer window, Dinamo Zagreb’s sporting director Zoran Mamic has said.

Spanish publication Sport (via SportsWitness) claimed that the Blues had made a ‘firm offer’ for the 21-year-old at the beginning of last month as Frank Lampard looked to bolster his squad.

However, a move to Stamford Bridge was never in the cards as Mamic gas revealed that Olmo didn’t want to join a club in England or Italy before sealing a transfer to RB Leipzig.

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“It’s hard to say now. We could have done more, for sure, but it wasn’t just our decision,”Mamic said, as per Sportske. “We could have told Danny that we did not agree to go to Lepzig, that we had not agreed, but that would not be fair to him.

“We didn’t do the problem, although there were bigger deals.

“Although this is by far the biggest deal, the bonuses are realistic, plus 20 percent of future transfers.

“Dani did not want to go to Italy and England, he insisted on Leipzig, if we had had a day or two, he would probably be in Bayern.

“But, Dani said he wanted to Leipzig, he was very keen on the option and should respect it. When he came from Barcelona to Dynamo everyone said “crazy”. Now they say “hear him, he’s going to Leipzig!”.

“And maybe he has something in our head that we don’t see, he showed that he was, ha-ha.”

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The Bundesliga side confirmed the news via their official website less than a week before the transfer window closed and the midfielder has reportedly cost them £17m.

Olmo revealed his reasons for signing for Leipzig.

“Of course, I have noticed RB Leipzig’s successful path in recent years,” Olmo said. “It is a young, attractive club that convinces me with its philosophy of developing talented players and placing their trust in them.

“I am now looking forward to the…


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