Chelsea is further ahead than Manchester United in the race to secure the signature of Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, according to information obtained by 90min.


While Olise has attracted admiration from both the previous and current regimes at Manchester United, the Red Devils have yet to formally approach Crystal Palace about their interest. This delay is due to their belief that there are more pressing positional needs, including a striker, center-back, left-back, and midfielder.


On the other hand, Chelsea, who attempted to sign Olise last summer but failed to activate his complex £35 million release clause, are determined to bolster their ranks with a new winger. Sources have confirmed to 90min that the Blues have reignited their pursuit of Olise, particularly after their plans for a lead striker shifted with Nicolas Jackson’s impressive end to the season and new manager Enzo Maresca’s preference for wingers.

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Chelsea’s interest in Olise is well-founded, considering his previous connection to the club’s academy and the recent signing of his younger brother, Richard. Despite reports suggesting an agreement over personal terms between Chelsea and Olise, the winger’s contract contains a complex release clause, which means any potential deal could involve a fee ranging from £60 million to £65 million. This clause necessitates that interested parties first approach Crystal Palace before discussing terms with Olise.

While Chelsea is moving swiftly to secure a deal, other suitors such as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Newcastle are not overly concerned about falling behind. Olise is expected to take his time weighing his options, which include staying at Palace, rather than rushing into a decision.

Despite Olise’s links to multiple clubs, including his childhood support for Manchester United, Newcastle may face challenges in securing his signature due to their lack of European football and financial constraints.

Olise’s participation in the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris further complicates matters, as clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United have already restricted some players from competing in the tournament. Olise may seek assurances regarding his availability for the Olympics before making a decision on his future.