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Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham put on red alert as Michael Olise transfer preference revealed

Michael Olise of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 6, 2024
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It has been revealed whether or not Michael Olise wants to leave Crystal Palace this summer, putting the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on red alert. The 22-year-old winger continues to be heavily linked with an exit from Selhurst Park after a move collapsed 12 months ago.

Last year, football.london understood that Mauricio Pochettino wanted to sign somebody who could play as both a right winger and an attacking midfielder – so Olise was identified by the Blues as a target. In August 2023, Chelsea were once confident of securing his signature, verbally agreeing personal terms before proceeding to pay his £35million release clause.

Despite the west Londoners' best efforts, a transfer failed to materialise and Chelsea were left scrambling for an alternative. In the end, Olise signed a new contract at Crystal Palace and the Blues signed Cole Palmer from Manchester City on deadline day.

While the France Under-21 international's deal doesn't expire until June 2027, he still faces a somewhat uncertain future. On X, formerly known as Twitter, journalist Alan Nixon was asked whether Olise prefers a move to Chelsea or Manchester United, to which he replied: "Prefers Palace just now."

If reports are to be believed then the youngster has his eyes set on staying in south London this summer. In April, Oliver Glasner was quizzed on the futures of Olise and Eberechi Eze. He said: "We will see, but I think yes, of course.

"[They have] a contract here, first of all, and the second is they feel well, otherwise they wouldn't perform like they did, but it's not the right moment now.

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"I've been in football for a very long time, and I think no team in the world can say how the squad will be the next season. We don't know, but we think that they will play for Crystal Palace next season.

"The focus is on winning the games and getting the points and staying in the league, first of all, and creating a unit, a togetherness, a way of how we want to play, a way of how we want to deal. This is what we were focused on, and so I didn't talk to them, what they plan for next year."

Then, following the Eagles' 3-1 win over Wolves in May, Glasner heaped great praise on Olise, who chipped in with a goal and an assist. He said: "I think everybody knows he’s a good player. He’s fit now, I also think we found a very good position for him and he has a lot of individual qualities. He is a brilliant player, a great guy, but he also benefits from other players."

Despite missing almost half of the campaign due to injury, Olise still managed to guide Crystal Palace into the top half of the Premier League above their rivals Brighton. Playing a key role in Glasner's side, he scored four goals and provided three assists in the final six games of the season.