Crystal Palace slap £60m price tag on Super Eagles target to ward off Manchester United

Clubs seeking to sign Super Eagles-target Michael Olise in the summer would have to pay a hefty transfer fee, with Crystal Palace reportedly valuing the winger at £60 million. Olise has been a revelation in the Premier League this season after helping the Eagles to finish 10th.

The 22-year-old joined Crystal Palace from Reading FC in 2021 and although he has often shown flashes of his potential, it is in the just ended 202324 season that he kicked into full gear. Olise was blighted by injuries earlier in the season but returned to lead the Eagles to a top-half finish.

Olise has 16 goal contributions from the 19 Premier League matches, having scored 10 goals and assisted six others. The former Manchester City youngster’s form has led to links with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea. The Blues were interested in Olise last summer but ultimately opted to sign Mykhailo Mudryk instead.

Crystal Palace slap £60m price tag on Super Eagles target Michael Olise to ward off Manchester United
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Chelsea are still said to be interested in the France U21 star but Manchester United have also been in the picture in recent months, as the Red Devils aim to sign a right winger should Jadon Sancho depart permanently in the summer.

Oliver Glasner confident of Michael Olise staying at Crystal Palace 

While Erik ten Hag’s side are keen on bringing Olise to Old Trafford, the BBC reports that Crystal Palace will only accept offers starting from £60 million. The report suggests the 22-year-old does not have a fixed release clause which gives the Eagles the leverage to demand a huge transfer fee. 

The Eagles ended the season strongly and are currently in a stable financial situation, which means they do not need to sell any players to balance their books. In recent weeks, Olise and Eberechi Eze are the Crystal Palace players who have been linked with moves away from the club but manager Oliver Glasner believes both are excited by the club’s project and will stay beyond the current season.

“I am very confident they’ll be here because they [Olise and Eze] have contracts and no one has told me they’ll be leaving,” Glasner told Sky Sports.

“I think what we have done is that we have shown them that Crystal Palace have ambition. We have shown them how we want to play, which path we want to go down, which journey we want to ride together. They can show their strengths, qualities and personalities and express themselves.

“They fit together. This is what we can do. If something else happens, then this is football. But Crystal Palace will be able to build a new Selhurst – because it will cost a lot of money.”

Olise signed a five-year contract with Crystal Palace when he joined them from Reading in 2021 and, therefore, has two years left on his existing contract.

Michael Olise still eligible to play for Nigeria after France snub 

Meanwhile, Olise is still eligible to represent Nigeria after failing to make France’s squad for the 2024 European Championships. Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps has once again snubbed the Crystal Palace star, who is still waiting for his first cap for the country.

Crystal Palace slap £60m price tag on Super Eagles target Michael Olise to ward off Manchester United
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Olise was born in England to a French-Algerian mother and a Nigerian father but chose to represent France at the youth level. The 22-year-old has represented France at U18 and U21 levels but hasn’t yet featured for the senior national team.

His latest snub ahead of the Euros opens the doors for Nigeria to once again try to poach the talented winger. The Super Eagles will face South Africa and Benin in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month and Olise would’ve been a great addition to their frontline.

However, it remains to be seen whether the player would welcome a nationality switch. Despite playing for France at youth level, Olise is also eligible to play for Algeria and England, which makes the race for the winger more difficult for Nigeria. 

Crystal Palace slap £60m price tag on Super Eagles target to ward off Manchester United
Emmanuel Ayamga

Emmanuel Ayamga is a Ghanaian journalist with a little over five years of experience writing about African football.

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