‘It will be a brilliant signing’ ‘he really want to join’ Chelsea increase bid by £9m to sign £45,000-a-week player
Chelsea’s pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise has taken an interesting turn, as the club is reportedly ready to meet the player’s release clause after an initial bid was rejected.
Initially, Chelsea submitted a £26 million bid for the Crystal Palace midfielder, which was turned down by the London club. Olise, who reportedly prefers a move to Chelsea over Manchester City, has already agreed to personal terms with the Blues, according to RMC Sport.
However, Chelsea is not giving up easily. Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web has reported that the club is now prepared to trigger Olise’s £35 million release clause. This represents a significant increase from their original bid, as they aim to secure the services of the France Under-21 international.
Olise had an impressive 2022/23 season, contributing two goals and 11 assists in the Premier League while playing for Crystal Palace. His talent has caught the attention of top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City.
In a potentially strategic move, Chelsea could use young player Lewis Hall as part of the negotiations. Crystal Palace is reportedly in talks to sign Hall on loan from Chelsea. While there may not be an option to buy included in the loan deal, Chelsea could potentially secure preferential treatment by Crystal Palace if they agree to include such an option.
The situation is fluid, with Chelsea and Manchester City vying for Olise’s signature. Fans will be eagerly watching for further developments as the transfer window progresses.