Reportedly, Crystal Palace standout Michael Olise has made a decision in favor of a transfer to Manchester United over Chelsea, as both Premier League giants compete for his signature. Olise, who has garnered attention with his impressive performances in the top division, has attracted interest from several top European clubs. Despite Palace’s efforts, there is growing skepticism about their ability to retain the 22-year-old.
Sources from Football London suggest that Olise is inclined towards a move to Old Trafford rather than Stamford Bridge, with expectations of heightened interest in the France youth international during the upcoming summer transfer window. Chelsea had initially triggered his £35 million release clause in the summer, but Olise chose to extend his stay at Selhurst Park by signing a new contract while recovering from a significant hamstring injury.
Although Chelsea maintains interest in signing Olise, the player’s preference leans towards a move to Manchester United. Olise, a former member of the Blues’ academy until the age of 14, has been a devoted supporter of United. The Red Devils also have a genuine interest in acquiring him, making it a more appealing prospect for Olise compared to a potential reunion with Chelsea.
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While the exact figure of Olise’s new release clause remains unknown, it is rumored to be substantially higher than the previous £35 million. With Olise set to remain sidelined until February, a January departure from Palace seems unlikely. Manchester United is closely monitoring the situation, aiming to strengthen Erik ten Hag’s frontline, especially given the challenges faced by Jadon Sancho and Antony in securing the right-wing position.
Earlier speculations had linked Olise to becoming one of the first signings under the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era at Palace. However, United’s Financial Fair Play constraints suggest that any potential move may be contingent on the sale of either Sancho or Antony.
Despite Crystal Palace’s reluctance to part ways with Olise, considering his impactful performances when fit this season, they would be powerless if a suitor triggers his release clause. Roy Hodgson’s side faces the dilemma of potential departure but remains hopeful of retaining the talented player.