While Manchester United’s summer transfer window was not as busy as some predicted, there was still plenty of goings-on at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer headed into this window determined to get United back to their routes and focusing on young talent.
He certainly did that with the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, and it seems they weren’t the only youngsters he and the club were looking at either.
Sportske Novosti report today that United saw a €25m bid for Spanish U21 star Dani Olmo rejected this summer.
Olmo was one of the stars of Spain’s success at the U21 European Championships, even scoring in the final, and that saw him linked with moves all around Europe.
According to the claims, the Red Devils made a bid, alongside Everton and Bayern Munich, but it was rejected outright by Dinamo Moscow. Sportske say United offered €25m while the latter two offered €28m. Wolves are also named as an interested party, but they seemingly didn’t bother bidding.
However, Dinamo weren’t interested as neither the timing nor the finances made sense, and that’s because of their efforts to get into the Champions League group stages.
Olmo is their best player, and they stand a better chance of qualifying with him. The qualification will net them €15m in prize money, so as far as Dinamo were concerned it made more sense to secure qualification, get that money and then sell Olmo rather than just sell him for €30m.
The Russian club are said not to regret rejecting the interest from the Premier League as all of their essential games come after the English deadline, so selling Olmo made little sense before then.