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Chelsea Continue To Be Admirers Of This Crystal Palace Ace: Will Pochettino Try To Lure Him?

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According to a report from Evening Standard, Chelsea target Michael Olise’s latest contract with Crystal Palace includes a release clause that will come into effect next summer. The 21-year-old winger turned down offers from the West London club and opted for a new four-year deal last month, even though Chelsea had triggered a £35 million release clause in his previous contract. The specific amount of his new release clause is undisclosed, but it is notably higher than before.

Olise’s Performance At Crystal Palace In The Previous Season

At Selhurst Park Stadium, Olise had an outstanding season, showcasing his immense talent and influence in the attacking third for Crystal Palace. The young French talent found the net twice and contributed with eleven assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

Operating on the right side of Palace’s offensive line, he demonstrated his attacking abilities, averaging 1.4 shots, 1.9 key passes, and 1.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Furthermore, his passing accuracy was impressive, as he completed 78.4% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (statistics sourced from Whoscored).

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Michael Olise of Crystal Palace and Renan Lodi of Nottingham Forest battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park on May 28, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Will Pochettino Try To Lure Him To Chelsea In The Next Transfer Window?

Olise is an immensely talented and versatile attacking midfielder, and is known for his impressive dribbling skills, creativity, and exceptional passing ability. Olise has the capacity to make a considerable impact in both the attack and the midfield. His creativity on the field enables him to generate scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates, demonstrating a keen eye for delivering precise passes at crucial moments.

The young talent has shown immense potential in evolving into a dynamic midfielder but with the Eagles remain reluctant on selling him anytime soon. This is evident after Palace chairman Steve Parish offered him a significant raise from his previous wage to retain Olise at the club, which had been reported to be approximately £45,000 per week. Nonetheless, the West London club are unlikely to pursue him after the arrival of Cole Palmer from Manchester City.

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