Michael Olise

Michael Olise Transfer: Manchester United, Chelsea keep tabs on Crystal Palace forward

Crystal Palace attacker Michael Olise has attracted interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea as the English giants look to swoop for the talented player. Olise had a breakthrough season in the Premier League in the 2023-24 campaign and could be on the move this summer. While clubs are yet to enquire about his price, it is expected that Olise could move for anything above $50 million if Palace are to cash in. 

Olise to Man Utd or Chelsea?

An academy player with Arsenal and Chelsea in the past, Olise recorded 10 goals and six assists in 19 matches for the Eagles in the 2023-24 Premier League season. Despite suffering from injuries, his return comes as a big value to the side which was flirting with relegation at the midrate point of the season. A French international at youth level both United and Chelsea could profit from Olise’s arrival as he brings a different dynamic to the side.

While he did not have the best couple of seasons in the Premier League with only four goals in 63 matches, he has added another dimension to his play in the recently concluded season. United got a taste of Olise’s best form having conceded twice during their 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park earlier in May. He also scored important goals against Manchester City and Luton Town earlier in the season to help his side to relative safety. 

With Marcus Rashford out of form and potentially on a move away from the side, Olise’s arrival could be a timely boost for the side. He will also help the team balance the homegrown player’s quota in the Premier League squad. Manchester United will also have Antony Martial departing the club at the end of the season, which further boosts the interest of the Red Devils in the player. 

Should Chelsea go for Olise?

Chelsea are already blessed with Cole Palmer and his heroics for the side but could add more value to the squad if they can have a player of Olise’s quality. However, much will depend on how teams will balance their spending sheets with the Profit and Sustainability (PSR) also playing a crucial role while teams get ready to spend. 

Palace on the other hand will push the player to sign a new multi-year contract which will see him stay at the club. He has also perfectly fitted the shoes of Wilfried Zaha who left Palace in the summer of 2023.