Chelsea gazump Newcastle for second time but Manchester United hold transfer key for £60m superstar

Newcastle United target Michael OliseNewcastle United target Michael Olise
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Crystal Palace talisman Michael Olise has been linked with a £60million move to Newcastle United

Michael Olise prefers a move to Manchester United this summer despite agreeing terms with Chelsea, according to reports.

Newcastle United were understood to be monitoring the 22-year-old, who has a release clause worth just under £60million. The right flank was a problem for the Magpies last season as Eddie Howe switched between Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron.

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Questions remain about both players’ qualities given the Saudi-backed regime's ambitions. As it stands, that position, barring youth arrival Yankuba Minteh, is the only role neglected in the transfer market since the October 2021 takeover. A France under-21 international, the winger has also been tipped as a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah at Liverpool.

Olise has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most electric players in recent times. The Crystal Palace star made 16 goal contributions from 19 games in 2024-25 - a figure that should have been higher but for niggling injury concerns.

He turned down a move to Chelsea last summer after the Blues triggered his £40million release clause. That figure has now risen by £20million and Premier League clubs are on high alert.

GiveMeSport claim Chelsea have “agreed terms” with Olise - putting them ahead of Newcastle for the second time this transfer window. Stamford Bridge chiefs previously hijacked the Magpies’ move for former Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

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However, the player is thought to be keen on a move to Man United, whose summer plans remain in limbo without a sporting director and clarity over their manager. Both clubs qualified for Europe at Newcastle’s expense, giving them priority in the queue for the £60million superstar.

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