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Manchester United lead the race to sign Olise: sources

Manchester United are considered favorites to sign Michael Olise should the winger leave Crystal Palace this summer, sources have told ESPN.

Olise, 22, is understood to have a release clause in his contract that kicks in after the end of the season, and United’s new leadership group under minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has identified Olise as a key target. in its summer reconstruction.

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It is unclear exactly how much a deal to sign Olise would cost, but the figure is significantly higher than the £35 million ($43.7 million) clause in his previous contract. One source puts the amount at between £50 and £60 million.

Sources told ESPN that United are at the head of the queue to sign Olise and are undeterred by not being able to offer Champions League football next season.

ESPN previously reported that United could be willing to offer Aaron Wan-Bissaka as part of any deal to help boost the club’s transfer budget, given the limited scope to meet the Premier League’s sustainability and earnings rules.

However, talks are not at an advanced stage and United could face competition for his signature from other Premier League rivals. Chelsea thought they had activated Olise’s £35m clause last summer, only for the deal to fall through on a technicality.

Sources told ESPN that the terms of the clause meant Olise had to inform Palace directly that the clause had been activated, while Chelsea attempted to negotiate directly with Palace.

Palace President Steve Parish took advantage of the resulting delay and confusion to renegotiate an improved four-year contract with Olise, which he subsequently signed.

Chelsea, who also pursued Mohammed Kudus before he left Ajax for West Ham, have finally turned their attention to Cole Palmer, who has been a revelation at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Manchester City last summer.

The west London club may try to revive their interest but compliance with the PSR is a major issue with Chelsea under pressure to sell a number of players shortly after the end of the season.

Liverpool are credited with interest in Olise, especially if Mohamed Salah leaves this summer, and both the Merseyside club and Arsenal could offer Champions League football.

Arsenal have reportedly scouted Olise, although Mikel Arteta’s side are long-time admirers of Wolves’ Pedro Neto.

United and Arsenal are among a number of clubs also keeping an eye on Palace defender Marc Guehi, who has just over two years left on his contract at Selhurst Park.

A source close to Guehi insisted the 23-year-old’s only aim is to return from a knee injury in time to play for Palace again this season and be available for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for Euro 2024.