Chelsea now ‘very close to agreeing terms’ with Olise at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have been holding positive internal discussions with Michael Olise’s representatives
Chelsea are ‘very close to agreeing terms’ with Crystal Palace star Michael Olise, but journalist Ben Jacobs has told GIVEMESPORT that a move to Stamford Bridge is not a foregone conclusion for a key reason.
Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bolster his squad after taking over a side which failed to achieve European qualification and finished in the bottom half of the Premier League last season.
Chelsea transfer news – Michael Olise
According to French media outlet RMC Sport, Chelsea have looked to steal a march on fellow suitors Paris Saint-Germain by reaching an agreement in principle on personal terms with Olise.
The report suggests the west Londoners have lodged an opening bid for the Palace winger, who has found the back of the net six times and provided a further 19 assists over the course of 71 appearances for his current employers.
Manchester City are also keen on Olise and seeking clarity over whether he will miss the opening stages of the fast-approaching campaign through injury, while there appears to be a £35million release clause written into his contract.
Arsenal have registered an interest in the 21-year-old as well, highlighting that a host of clubs are eager to prise him away from Selhurst Park.
But Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth recently told GIVEMESPORT that Palace will not want to sanction Olise’s exit during the final weeks of the transfer window as it will leave boss Roy Hodgson with little time to source a replacement.
The former Reading wide-man has been on the Eagles’ books since completing an £8million switch two years ago.
What has Ben Jacobs said about Olise?
Jacobs understands that Chelsea have upped the ante in their pursuit of Olise, and they have already been holding positive discussions with his representatives ahead of a potential move from Palace.