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Michael Olise 'makes choice' between Chelsea and Man Utd amid transfer speculation

Michael Olise 'makes choice' between Chelsea and Man Utd amid transfer speculation

Michael Olise has made his decision.

Crystal Palace star Michael Olise has reportedly given his preference between signing for Manchester United or Chelsea as the 22-year-old looks set for a move.

The Palace winger has been a hit at Selhurst Park since signing from Reading in 2021, but in recent times there have been consistent rumours linking Olise away from the club.

Olise has only started seven times in the Premier League this season due to injury issues but has managed to score five goals and supply one assist, highlighting the Frenchman's talent.

Chelsea were extremely close to signing Olise in the summer after Todd Boehly activated the "complex" £35 million release clause.

However, Olise opted to sign a new contract with Selhurst Park instead, choosing to remain with Crystal Palace as he recovered from a serious hamstring injury. This decision left Mauricio Pochettino's team in an awkward position after their public pursuit of the winger.

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish announced the contract extension seemingly out of nowhere.

In a tweet, Parish said: "I’m absolutely delighted to announce @m.olise has decided to commit his future to Crystal Palace football club and this afternoon signed a new four-year deal with the club."

Olise's new contract includes a release clause, the specific amount of which remains undisclosed, however, it is expected to be significantly higher than the £35m Chelsea activated in the summer.

Olise vs Manchester United- Getty
Olise vs Manchester United- Getty

Given his current injury that keeps him out until February, it appears unlikely that he will leave Crystal Palace during this transfer window.

Despite having egg on their face in the summer Chelsea remain interested in the acquisition of Olise, but face competition from Manchester United who are also in the market for a right-winger.

Football. London claim that the France U21 international prefers a move to Old Trafford over a switch across London, despite Olise being part of the Chelsea academy until he was 14.

The preference is reportedly down to the 22-year-old being a boyhood United fan even though he also spent time at the Manchester City academy prior to signing for Reading.

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Topics: Michael Olise, Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Chelsea, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Football Quiz, Crystal Palace, Premier League