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Chelsea make Michael Olise transfer decision despite new manager uncertainty

Michael Olise during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace at Molineux.
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Chelsea are set to make a move for Crystal Palace's £60million-rated Michael Olise, irrespective of who takes over the managerial reins.

The Blues have Kieran McKenna, Roberto de Zerbi, Enzo Maresca and Thomas Frank on their shortlist, with a decision expected next week. However, they're keen not to miss out on 22-year-old Olise and are preparing to move for the Eagles' star player.

The Mirror report that Chelsea's board is determined to maintain its bold transfer strategy, leaving the new manager to focus on team preparation. Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool are also interested in Olise, with United and Arsenal likely to have an advantage as the versatile forward is eager to play Champions League football.

Despite this, Chelsea remain undeterred, having been consistently impressed by Olise's goal tally, assists and consistent high-level performances. The west London club has long been interested in Olise, who netted 10 goals from just 14 league starts and provided six assists last season.

Mauricio Pochettino is believed to have left Stamford Bridge after failing to secure more control over transfers. Ipswich are battling to keep McKenna, while De Zerbi has already departed Brighton, Maresca is attracting attention after guiding Leicester to promotion, and Frank has conceded he could leave Brentford for a top-tier club.

The managerial merry-go-round at Chelsea continues unabated, with the club set to appoint their sixth head coach in just two years under the ownership of Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and Clearlake. The list includes brief stints by Bruno Saltor and Frank Lampard as interim managers.

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Meanwhile, Crystal Palace's Oliver Glasner is brimming with confidence about retaining key players Olise, Eberechi Eze, and Jean-Philippe Mateta for the upcoming season. The Austrian gaffer quipped that if the trio were sold, the proceeds could fund a brand-new stadium for the Eagles.

He said: "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.

"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."