Barcelona keen on £40million reunion with RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo, who cried when he signed for their academy, as Xavi continues overhaul

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Barcelona are keen on signing RB Leipzig forward Dani Olmo this summer as manager Xavi looks to add to his attacking options, talkSPORT have been told.

Olmo, 23, was a target for the Catalan giants last year having previously joined the club’s famous La Masia academy from local rivals Espanyol when he was only nine years old.

Leipzig’s Olmo is expected to join Barcelona this summer

Leipzig’s Olmo is expected to join Barcelona this summer

The Terrasa-born star left his homeland to join Dinamo Zagreb in 2014, spending five years in the Croatian capital before his move to Germany in 2020.

talkSPORT understands Barcelona are keen on a reunion in a deal worth around £40million, with the likes of Luuk de Jong set to return to Sevilla in the summer, and Martin Braithwaite surplus to requirements.

Ansu Fati remains out through injury, and the future of Memphis Depay also remains unclear at this stage, with Tottenham recently linked with the Dutchman.

The club did sign Ferran Torres and Adama Traore but the latter is considered a ‘different option’ by Xavi.

Should Olmo return to the Camp Nou, it is likely to depend on the future of Ousmane Dembele.

The Frenchman has once again been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, despite staring in his sides 4-0 victory over Real Madrid last weekend.

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The 23-year-old is continuing to impress in Germany

The 23-year-old is continuing to impress in Germany

For now, Spaniard Olmo is solely focussed on playing for Leipzig, but the chance to work under Xavi at Barca would be too good to turn down.

Barcelona tried to sign him late in the last summer transfer window only to come up short, talkSPORT can reveal.

The former Espanyol youth graduate has 18 caps for the Spanish national team – contributing three goals – and has become an important part of Luis Enrique’s side.

Domestically, he has provided 15 goals and 15 assists in 79 appearances for Leipzig so far.

Terrasa-born Olmo is also shining on the international stage with Spain

Terrasa-born Olmo is also shining on the international stage with Spain

Olmo previously stated that he cried when he joined Barca because he preferred to stay with his friends at Espanyol, the club where he started out.

“I was nine years old and wanted to stay with my friends at Espanyol.

“But my father made the decision and I have to say that he finally knew what was best for me.”

Barca will continue to strengthen this summer as they look to challenge once again on all fronts, and Olmo would certainly add more attacking dimension to Xavi’s project.

Xavi is ready to add Olmo to his new look squad

Xavi is ready to add Olmo to his new look squad

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