Chelsea is reportedly making moves to secure the services of Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, as manager Mauricio Pochettino seeks to strengthen his forward options in the ongoing summer transfer window. Despite having already signed three attackers, Pochettino is eager to add another dynamic player to his squad.
According to RMC Sport, Chelsea has made an offer of less than £39 million for the highly-rated France Under-21 international, who is said to be intrigued by the project at Stamford Bridge. Pochettino, an admirer of Olise’s talents, has already initiated discussions about a potential move to Chelsea.
Despite the presence of Noni Madueke, Angelo, Hakim Ziyech, and Raheem Sterling as senior right-wingers in the current squad, Pochettino is keen to add Olise to the mix.
Meanwhile, Manchester City has also shown interest in the young winger, especially after Riyad Mahrez’s decision to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal. City, who chose not to sign another right-winger last summer, may have an advantage, as Olise is rumored to have a £35 million release clause exclusive to Champions League clubs. Since Chelsea is not competing in Europe’s elite club competition this season, they may need to offer a higher fee to secure the player’s signature.
Interestingly, Klopp, the Liverpool manager, recently made headlines when he claimed to have watched Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City for 65 minutes due to “analysis reasons.” This statement seemingly indicated his interest in Olise, as Liverpool had been linked with the player in the past.
Olise showcased his talent during the latter part of the previous season under Roy Hodgson’s management, contributing with two goals and 11 assists in 37 Premier League appearances. His impressive performances placed him among the top assist providers, alongside notable players like Leandro Trossard, Mohamed Salah, and Kevin De Bruyne.
While Crystal Palace is eager to retain Olise, who still has three years left on his current contract, the player’s future remains uncertain. The club has already seen the departure of Wilfried Zaha, who left upon the expiry of his contract and is set to join Turkish side Galatasaray this summer.