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£60m Crystal Palace star would now prefer a move to Arsenal this summer

Reports in recent days have indicated that Manchester United are keen on signing Crystal Palace star Michael Olise.

The winger signed a new contract at the start of the season, which includes a £60m release clause which is only active at the end of the season. A move in January looks far from likely, but the clause may mean that a summer departure is likely.
However, a new twist in the tale has emerged, as it is now claimed that the 22-year-old would prefer to move to Arsenal over United, with the Gunners aiming to recruit in attacking areas.

Olise has been a standout player for Crystal Palace this season, scoring five times in nine games in what has been an injury-hit campaign, and he has now been sidelined again by a hamstring issue.

Michael Olise prefers to move to Arsenal

A report from Football Transfers has now claimed that Arsenal could make a January move for Olise if they are able to make sales first, with Eddie Nketiah actually of interest to Crystal Palace.
However, even if the move ends up happening in the summer, it is claimed that Olise significantly prefers Arsenal over Manchester United.

Arsenal reportedly see him as someone who can move to the midfield, having played as a right-winger for Palace, and Olise as a boyhood Arsenal fan, would prefer to move to the Emirates.

What does this mean for Crystal Palace?
Given that Arsenal are struggling in terms of financial fair play, unless they make sales, it seems unlikely that they will move for Olise in the January window.

A summer move will always be on the cards given his release clause, but Palace should hold out for this fee rather than accepting a lower offer.

Olise’s sensational form, coupled with Palace’s underwhelming results this season, have meant that a move is inevitable, and it now appears that Olise could get his dream transfer this summer.

The winger turned down a move to Chelsea to commit another year to Palace, but a lack of ambition on and off the pitch means that it will be a tough sell to try and convince him to reject interest if an offer does come in.
It is still unclear who will be managing Palace next season, with Steve Cooper strongly linked, but as frustrating as losing Olise would be, the club stand to make a healthy profit and can reinvest that into the squad.

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