Crystal Palace star Michael Olise would prefer a move to Manchester United over Chelsea this summer.
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Chelsea were interested in signing the Palace winger during the summer transfer window, activating a £35million release clause in his contract.
Olise opted to remain in south east London, however, rejecting their interest and signing a new four-year deal at Selhurst Park.
United are interested in making Olise the first signing of the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era at Old Trafford this summer with his new deal at Palace thought to include another release clause that comes into effect at the end of the season.
The Hammersmith-born winger was on Chelsea’s books as a youngster having also had brief spells at Arsenal and Manchester City before signing for Reading. He left the Royals to join Palace in 2021 where he has developed into one of the league’s best wingers.
While Chelsea hope to bring him back to west London, football.london report Olise would favour a move to United, the club he has supported since he was a teenager.
Olise is said to be aware of interest from both clubs and is widely expected to leave Palace at the end of the season.
The exact figure of Olise’s latest release clause remains unknown but it thought to be significantly more than £35m.
United hope to sign Olise for a price lower than that release fee and could offer Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Palace as part of the deal.
Wan-Bissaka left the Eagles to join United in a £50m deal in 2019 with his future at Old Trafford uncertain.
United have struggled in attack this season, up front and also in wide areas.
19-year-old Alejandro Garnacho has been their only bright spark on the wing with Marcus Rashford enduring a an indifferent season and Antony failing to muster a single goal or assist.
Jadon Sancho’s long-term future looks bleak meanwhile having been sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund this month.