In a bid to bolster their squad for the upcoming season, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has identified Crystal Palace star Michael Olise as his top target. However, the Red Devils will face stiff competition from cross-town rivals Manchester City, who are prepared to go head-to-head in the race for the talented winger.
With Sir Jim Ratcliffe now overseeing football operations at Old Trafford, his influence in transfer dealings is expected to shape the summer transfer window. Both Manchester clubs are keenly aware of Olise’s potential, making him a hot commodity in the Premier League.
Despite interest from Chelsea in the past, Olise committed his future to Crystal Palace by signing a new deal last summer. The Eagles successfully fended off Chelsea’s advances, and now United and City emerge as the frontrunners, according to reports from The Sun.
Pep Guardiola’s side is reportedly willing to make a substantial offer of over £60 million for the winger, underlining their determination to secure Olise’s services. However, the move is contingent on assurances of significant playing time at the Etihad.
While the details of Olise’s release clause remain undisclosed, his impressive performance this season, contributing six goals and three assists, has garnered attention. As both Manchester clubs eye reinforcements, Olise’s versatility and flair make him an attractive prospect.
Ten Hag, seeking improvements after a mixed history in the transfer market, recognizes the need for reinforcements on the flanks. With Antony struggling to meet expectations and the potential departure of Jadon Sancho, Olise emerges as a promising solution to enhance United’s attacking options.
Palace chairman Steve Parish, reflecting on Olise’s decision to extend his contract in August, expressed relief, stating, “Michael will go right to the very top of the game.” The summer transfer saga is set to unfold as both Manchester giants vie for the signature of the highly-rated Crystal Palace sensation.