Levi Colwill Chelsea
Chelsea Stamford Bridge

According to a report by 90min, Chelsea are confident of moving ahead of both Manchester City and Arsenal to secure the signing of Michael Olise.

Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise has been the subject of interest from these three top clubs and the 21-year-old is currently valued at £35 million.

The Eagles had paid £8 million to sign him from Reading in 2021 in a five-year deal and his current market value is £32.5 million. Some rumours had been claiming that there is no £35 million release clause in Olise’s contract but it looks like there is indeed a release clause which is why Chelsea are about to bag in a bargain deal.

There were also reports that Crystal Palace do not wish to sell Michael Olise because they don’t have enough time to sign a replacement but it looks like they are helpless because of the release clause. CPFC have already started looking for a replacement and this is a clear indication that the winger’s exit is imminent.

Is Michael Olise doing the right thing by choosing to join Chelsea?

Arsenal and Manchester City would have given him Champions League football but it looks like Michael Olise has chosen to join a team where he can get more game time.

Man City and Arsenal, both have top-quality wingers so at both these clubs, the 21-year-old will have to fight it out for a place in the starting lineup. At MCFC, there’s still a chance he could play some games because Mahrez has left the club but Bukayo Saka plays on the right for the Gunners so it will be almost impossible for him to break into the first XI.

At Chelsea, things will be a lot easier because Hakim Ziyech is about to leave so Michael Olise will only be competing with Noni Madueke next season. Also, at Stamford Bridge, he will get the chance to work under Mauricio Pochettino and the manager is great with youngsters.

At Arsenal and Man City, the France U21 international would have the chance of winning silverware immediately but he’s likely chosen to agree personal terms with a club where he will have the chance to play more games and develop thoroughly.