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Arsenal lead transfer race for £60m-rated winger with four Premier League rivals watching closely

Crystal Palace attacker Michael Olise
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Arsenal are at the front of the queue for Crystal Palace's £60million-rated starlet Michael Olise despite the winger being chased by FOUR other Premier League rivals.

One of those clubs is Chelsea, with reports this weekend suggesting the Blues will make a move for the London-born Frenchman, even though there's uncertainty around who will be managing them next season following Mauricio Pochettino's departure.

The report, originally from the Mirror, adds that Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle are also in the race, but Arsenal hold the upper hand, thanks in no small part to the Gunners being able to offer Champions League football.

Chelsea are eager not to miss out on 22-year-old sensation Olise, though, and are gearing up to make their move for the Eagles' standout player. Their board is reportedly committed to maintaining its ambitious transfer policy, allowing the incoming manager to concentrate on squad preparation. The West London outfit has long held an interest in Olise, who bagged 10 goals from just 14 league starts and provided six assists last season.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are expected to prioritise other areas this summer, with the pursuit of an established centre-forward and another central midfielder perhaps more pressing. Newcastle duo Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimaraes are two names to have been mooted, but they won't come cheap.

Over at Crystal Palace, manager Oliver Glasner is exuding confidence about keeping star Olise and his in-demand teammates Eberechi Eze, and Jean-Philippe Mateta on board for the next campaign. The Austrian boss humorously suggested that if the trio were to be sold, the funds could potentially finance a whole new stadium for the Eagles.

He remarked: "I am very confident they'll be here because they have contracts and no one has told me they'll be leaving. I think what we have done is that we have shown them that Crystal Palace have ambition.

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"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."