Arsenal hold advantage over Chelsea for sought-after attacker

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Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Crystal Palace forward Michael Olise during the upcoming summer transfer window, per the Metro.

Despite a hamstring injury that sidelined Olise for half of the season, the 22-year-old demonstrated his exceptional talent when fit, recording ten goals and six assists in just 19 appearances. His performances have caught the attention of several Premier League giants, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Newcastle, and Liverpool all showing interest.

The summer transfer window opens on June 14, and a fierce competition is expected for Olise’s signature.

Crystal Palace are preparing for potential bids from top clubs, with Olise valued at around £60 million. Alongside Olise, Palace’s other star players, Eberechi Eze and Jean-Philippe Mateta, are also attracting significant interest.

The 22-year-old has stunningly scored ten goals and provided six assists in 19 Premier League appearances in an injury-stricken campaign.

Crystal Palace’s French midfielder #07 Michael Olise reacts after missing to score a goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on December 27, 2023. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Arsenal have edge over Chelsea in race for Crystal Palace attacking midfielder Michael Olise

According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are determined to secure Olise, regardless of their managerial situation following Mauricio Pochettino’s departure. The Blues, having missed out on Olise a year ago, are described as ‘desperate’ to finally land the young attacker. However, Arsenal appear to have an advantage in this transfer battle.

The Gunners can offer Olise the opportunity to compete in the Champions League next season, a prospect that Chelsea cannot provide.

Arsenal’s interest in Olise aligns with their broader strategy to strengthen their attacking options and maintain their competitive edge in both domestic and European competitions. Olise’s versatility and creativity make him an ideal addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad, as Arsenal looks to build on their recent progress and challenge for major honours.

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  1. I cant see why Arsenal would need Olise. They have Saka! Unless they are looking to cash in on Saka then maybe…But. I’d be very careful if I was Olise on this move, he could be stuck on the bench for the whole season. Chelsea is a complete mess and I wouldn’t be keen on them either to be honest. If I was Olise I’d stay with his mate Eze, at Palace for another season, then see what materialises next summer.

    1. saka for the past two seasons has shown some decline towards the end of the season,and thats not far fetched. he barely has time to rest due to crazy playing time and especially when fixtures are congested.

      olise will provide a good cover and more so he can play on both flanks.
      it will just turn out as the case of trossard and martineeli of recent when one covers up for the decline of another

      1. Saka would hardly be able to walk let alone play football at 25 if he keep on allowing his selfish self to be played every single minute of every match with Arsenal and England. He would definitely become our new Jack Wilshere

  2. The season has really ended and it’s time to sit down and look exactly where you need to strengthened so my advice to Arsenal is to sign quality players or they look for not only quality players but also super stars better than what they have before so let’s be sure before we sign

  3. Olise is two footed gifted player who can play right, left or middle in attack, the fact that he plays down the right for palace is incidental due to other players in the team.
    He is perfect for Arsenal and his skill level is on par with Saka if not better due to his added pace.
    ManCity or Chelsea or one of the big clubs will snap him up if Arsenal don’t buy this versitle world class player.
    On another talked about purchase, anti Arsenal media such the mirror, tbr and London have printed that Isak is worth £180 million. Not sure what they are smoking, but in the world of ridiculous, Arsenal have agreed a buy out clause with Ramsay for £200 million. So according to these media outlets that now makes Ramsay worth £200 million due to his over priced buy out clause. So it’s a straight swap now in the land of ridiculous, £200 million Ramsay for £180 million Isak, oh yeh, with Newcastle owing us £20 million. Of course this is in the land of ridiculous and the deluded media minds.

  4. i think olise will be perfect for arsenal.
    he can flourish across any wing in the frontline and offers room for squad rotation with quality option in huim.

    a team competing in 4 tournaments cant be relying on just a player especially at that very crucial role of saka,else,a burn out is imminent.
    just imagine the depth of city and thats the edge they have over others,if trossard didnt cover up for the decline of martinelli,the team wont give a fight till last day of the season.

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