Liverpool will have been buoyed by the words of agent Juanma Lopez, who is reported in Mundo Deportivo as saying that his client Dani Olmo will not be moving to back to his home country of Spain this summer.
The youngster spent much of his youth career in the academies of Espanyol and Barcelona, but switched to Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb back in 2014.
After impressing over the last three seasons, the 21-year-old has been widely touted with a move in the current transfer window and it seems that the Premier League could soon be playing host to his talents.
Lopez confirmed that Olmo will likely make a switch in the coming weeks with a deal close, and that while the team he joins will be participating in the Champions League, they will not be from La Liga.
While that’s a blow for Barca, Valencia, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, all of whom have been linked with his signature, it comes as a big boost to Liverpool, as well as fellow suitors Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich.
Naturally an attacking midfielder, Olmo can also play on the right-hand side, and that’s where he did most damage at the recent Under-21 European Championships, where he scored three goals and won man-of-the-match in the final as Spain lifted the title for a fifth time.
At club level, though, he has thrived as a playmaker, scoring 12 goals and providing a further nine assists in all competitions in 2018-19 as Zagreb won the Croatian top flight for the second season running.
Liverpool enjoyed enormous success last term, finishing second with a staggering 97 points in the Premier League and adding a sixth Champions League trophy to their cabinet.
However, if there’s one area which some felt they could improve, it was with a true creative presence in midfield.
Manager Jurgen Klopp may claim that the return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, allied to the re-emergence of Adam Lallana, might solve those issues, but the chance to land one of Europe’s hot properties for €40 million (£35.9 million) could be too tempting to pass up.
Liverpool open the 2019-20 campaign with a home fixture against newly promoted Norwich City on August 9.