Chelsea already have their own Michael Olise after transfer snub

Michael Olise
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Chelsea missing out on signing Michael Olise for the second straight summer will only benefit Omari Hutchinson's chances of breaking into the first team this upcoming season.

Hutchinson, 20, spent last season on loan at Ipswich Town in the Championship and played predominantly on the right wing during the club's promotion-winning campaign. The Jamaica international made 50 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and assisting another six.

Ipswich are understandably interested in bringing the player back, with sources telling last month that the newly-promoted club were readying a £20m bid to sign him permanently. There is also reported interest from outside the Premier League, with Ajax, Borussia Monchengladbach, Feyenoord and Stuttgart.

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Hutchinson even attended the latter's final match of the season against Monchengladbach as a guest of the club who finished second in the Bundesliga above Bayern Munich. But with Olise set on moving to the German giants rather than staying in the Premier League, Chelsea could now turn to their own left-footed winger instead.

Twice released by the club as a child, Hutchinson returned for a third spell in the summer of 2022 after spending seven years at Arsenal. Graham Potter handed him his debut six months later as a substitute in both of the back-to-back Premier League and FA Cup matches against Manchester City.

But now, 18 months later, Enzo Maresca may be the man to give Hutchinson a regular role in the first team. After seeing the winger up close twice in games against his Leicester City side last season, both of which they drew 1-1, the boss will be well aware of what Hutchinson brings.

Olise has been a long-term target of the club, dating back to at least last summer. But much has changed in that time, and Hutchinson may now be ready to save the club from needing to sign another player in his position.