Since the summer, Michael Olise has been linked to a move to Manchester United, and Mikel Arteta has always been a fan.
Despite having a new contract signed with Palace halfway through 2023, the 22-year-old’s agreement contains a release clause that kicks in once the current campaign concludes. It’s estimated that this is close to €70 million (£60 million).
Olise is playing in his best form this season after recovering from a hamstring injury in November. With only nine Premier League games under his belt, he has already scored five goals, and in his last four games, he has either scored or assisted.
According to FootballTransfers, Olise may be available for Arsenal to sign in January, but they would need to make some big sales beforehand. As a result, it’s more likely that this will be a summer transfer.
Olise would “very much prefer a move to Arsenal over Manchester United,” according to a source close to the negotiations.
This is in line with the attitude of Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who desires to sign with Arteta’s team before Chelsea, despite the fact that a January transfer seems improbable given the Bees’ high asking price.
Olise has always been an Arsenal fan.
Olise, who was born in London, was raised as an Arsenal supporter and nearly joined the team before enrolling in Chelsea’s youth programme in 2009. In fact, he participated in a few games for the Emirates team’s academy squad.
FootballTransfers has been informed that Arsenal’s pursuit of Pedro Neto from Wolves will not be affected by any agreement for Olise.
One of Arteta’s top transfer targets is Neto, if not for the summer then at least for January.
Olise’s position will be changed by the manager, who views him as an offensive midfielder in the future. This means that Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira will no longer be playing for the north London team.