Chelsea could lose out to Serie A giants AC Milan in their pursuit of midfield target Dani Olmo, as Rossoneri have already submitted a bid for the talented playmaker, according to reports in Italy.
The Blues had previously been given a boost in their attempts to bring the 21-year-old to England when Barcelona were reported to have ended their interest in landing the player – who used to be part of Blaugrana’s youth academy – this month.
However, Chelsea now face stern competition from Milan, as according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, the Italian club have already submitted an offer and are set to continue their chase to snap up the player.
Olmo left Spain to join Dinamo Zagreb on a free transfer in 2014 and since then the player has gone on to score 34 goals and provide 28 assists in 124 matches for the club.
His impressive displays for the Croatian outfit have also seen him awarded with a call-up for his country.
Olmo revealed his plans for his professional career in a recent interview when he stated that not only is he now prepared to play in a more competitive league but admitted his place in Spain’s Euro 2020 roster could depend on it.
“My goal is to go to the European Championships [with Spain] this summer,” Dani told Spanish publication L’Esportiu.
“But it will be difficult for me if in the next six months I only play in a minor competition, such as in Croatia.
“I want to step forward. And not only to go to the European Championship but also to continue improving.”
Dani and his entourage have made it clear to Zagreb that he wants to depart this month, the club are now willing to sell him for €25m (£21m) plus bonuses.