“Deal was all but done” – Journalist explains why Chelsea made surprise transfer U-turn

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A deal taking Michael Olise to Chelsea was all but done before the Blues seemingly pulled out due to the threat of legal action from Crystal Palace.

That’s according to Football Insider journalist Fraser Fletcher on Twitter, with the reporter explaining that Chelsea looked close to signing Olise before re-thinking due to being worried about Palace taking action against them.

See below for details from Fletcher as he commented on this U-turn from Chelsea, following an official announcement from Palace chairman Steve Parish earlier this afternoon…

Olise is a top talent who could’ve been an exciting signing for Chelsea, but it seems fans of the west London giants can forget about this one for now.

It could already be that Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson is emerging as an alternative in that position for Chelsea, according to a report from the Guardian earlier today.

Johnson has impressed with Forest and could be a good option for top clubs to look at, even if Olise probably looks like he has a slightly higher ceiling.

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  1. How upset must Michael Olise have been, when Chelsea ‘withdrew their offer?’ He was so upset, that he committed himself to a four year deal with Crystal Palace – a club that will continue to develop and nurture him. And they’ll play him, not put him on an over-priced bench to warm it.
    Sorry, ‘Insider’ Fraser Fletcher; I have a feeling that you might make it up as you go along!

  2. We should just keep Lewis hall he is better than both of them. Hopefully we don’t sell him to Newcastle. If we keep him we won’t have to spend no money he can play as a winger, and we can put Sterling upfront.

  3. Don’t sell Lewis Hall,if owners of Chelsea sell him they regret it like the case of Kelvin Debrain of Manchester city.

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