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Chelsea have new secret weapon in Michael Olise transfer saga but face £20m FFP problem

Crystal Palace attacker Michael Olise
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Chelsea continue to consider their options heading into the summer window as co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley balance looking at transfer targets with appointing a new head coach to manage the players they plan to sign. With a deal for Enzo Maresca moving closer to a conclusion, attention can begin to turn to the squad.

The Blues are expected to be busy once more as they look to improve their options on the pitch. It has been suggested that up to five positions will be targeted: goalkeeper, left-back, centre-back, winger and striker.

Having already made huge changes to the group over the past two years, the recruitment team are now aiming to fill gaps. It comes in what could become yet another mini overhaul.

Here, football.london takes a look at the latest rumours doing the rounds...

Olise bonus

Chelsea are still said to be keen on signing Michael Olise this summer. According to Simon Phillips, Joe Shields (Chelsea's co-director of recruitment and talent) is pushing the transfer and some at the club are confident of a deal.

Manchester United are also in the mix and his release clause of around £60million has been widely touted. It is reported that there are figures at the club that would actually be surprised if he didn't join, especially after his brother, Richard Olise, agreed a contract extension with the Blues.

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Chelsea were close to completing a deal last year with a lower £35m fee then on the table. However, Crystal Palace were angry at the way the club operated and Olise committed to a new contract with the Eagles instead.

football.london says: "Chelsea arguably only signed Eden Hazard's brothers in order to help keep him happy. If the same situation helps with the Olises, then it may just be a genius plan.

"Not only is the Cobham right-back impressing in the Under-21 side after stepping up, but he also offers a familiar face for Michael at the club. And although Chelsea are stacked with left-footed right-wingers, Olise Snr. is not the sort of player you mess around with.

"This is the type of deal to be completed and then questions get asked later. If Olise is considering a move then take full advantage and get it done."

Broja price drops

Chelsea have dropped their asking price for striker Armando Broja to £30m after a disappointing loan spell at Fulham. The Albanian forward had spent the second half of the season at Craven Cottage having failed to make a true impression on Mauricio Pochettino, but struggled to make an impact.

The Cottagers actually ended up paying Chelsea £4m for their underuse of Broja. It leaves his career at a crossroads after committing to a long-term contract in the summer of 2022, shortly after having been close to an exit from the club.

Chelsea had previously been after as much as £50m for the 22-year-old following his promising loan at Southampton. A long-term injury stunted his development though and now he is expected to put up for sale yet again as Chelsea look to cash in, though a £20m hit poses a problem when it comes to the Blues meeting their Financial Fair Play (FFP) targets.

football.london says: "Ouch. It has to hurt to be Broja. This has been a brutal two years for him.

"The injury came just as he was starting to make some progress under Graham Potter and ever since he has looked half the player. Although his raw attributes are certainly there - speed, early shot-taking, directness, physicality, and strong finishing - he does not look the sort of option that many top-half sides would be going for.

"Part of Chelsea's issue is how (and who) they market Broja. Even at £30million he is in the upper threshold for most clubs in the Premier League, and those across Europe are hardly any more well off. At this stage getting any significant money for him looks a challenge, but keeping him around also poses serious problems.

"It's not an ideal scenario for anyone. Seeking an exit this summer makes the most sense if it's possible to sanction financially."