Chelsea make huge transfer 'agreement' for Michael Olise as second Enzo Maresca deal possible

Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise
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Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement over personal terms with Crystal Palace's star winger Michael Olise, potentially setting the stage for a summer transfer. This comes amidst the backdrop of uncertainty at Manchester United, as Ineos deliberates over Erik ten Hag's future, which could sway yet another target towards Stamford Bridge.

The first significant summer transfer window since Sir Jim Ratcliffe took control of football operations at Old Trafford, owning a 27.7 per cent stake, is not set to open until Friday. However, United's preparations may be hampered by the ongoing saga surrounding Ten Hag and the delayed arrival of key figures in the club's revamped hierarchy.

Earlier in March, it was reported that United's new decision-makers had identified Olise as a top target for the summer. Under Ten Hag, United struggled last season, ending up with a -1 goal difference and a record-low eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

The Red Devils were expected to make a move for the 22-year-old winger, who is valued at around £60million, as one of their initial summer signings. But according to GIVEMESPORT, Chelsea have made the first move, agreeing personal terms with Olise for a potential transfer.

It's now reported that the Blues are in talks with Palace to negotiate the structure of a deal to bring him across London and bolster Enzo Maresca's attacking options., however, understands that such talk is so far premature, and that although Chelsea admire Olise, things have not yet gotten to this stage.

Chelsea have already outmanoeuvred United in the transfer market, securing the signing of Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, who becomes a free agent at the end of the month. United had reportedly identified Adarabioyo as a bargain option to reinforce their defence amid budget limitations imposed by Financial Fair Play and the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). But by the time United made a formal approach to the centre-back's representatives, he had already agreed to join Chelsea.

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They could also pay the price for moving too slowly on Olise if Chelsea make positive progress in talks with Palace. Ratcliffe and INEOS will be heavily scrutinised this summer following disastrous Premier League and Champions League campaigns. Olise also has ties to Chelsea having spent time in the club's academy as a teenager whilst his brother, Richard, recently signed a new deal there.

United, though, will need to sell to buy to spend heavily in the coming months, and something of a clearout is expected. Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Greenwood are among those likely to be sold.

Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial will leave as free agents, tasking the Red Devils to replace both with a new centre-back and striker. They are two positions requiring reinforcements more urgently than the right wing, which could play into Chelsea's favour and leave United disappointed if Olise is unwilling to wait.