Newcastle United enter race for Crystal Palace star Michael Olise

Newcastle United are keen on signing Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise during the summer transfer window.

Michael Olise

The Magpies are prepared to pay Crystal Palace’s £60 million asking price for the Frenchman, who Manchester United also courts. Michael Olise, 22, showed exactly why Manchester United are keen on his services on Monday night, bagging a brace as the Eagles destroyed Erik ten Hag’s side 4-0 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League. The Mancunian club’s new co-owners INEOS have been monitoring the winger, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe understood to admire the player.

But Man United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Olise after Newcastle United reportedly entered the transfer race. The Eagles had to resist Chelsea’s offers for Olise last summer before he ultimately penned a new deal. The 22-year-old has endured an injury-hit campaign at Selhurst Park, although he returned in rollicking form.

Despite missing over four months of action, the French youth international has registered nine goals and four assists in 17 Premier League appearances. Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are all also believed to be eager in Olise.

Newcastle United prepared to meet Crystal Palace’s £60million valuation

Michael Olise has made it clear that he would like to leave Palace for a Champions League side. But Newcastle United hope their late push to qualify for the Europa League will be sufficient to persuade the 22-year-old to join them.

Olise has been on Newcastle’s radar since he was at Reading. The Toon Army have Anthony Gordon, Harvey Barnes and Jacob Murphy on the wings but still feel they have plenty of room to incorporate the Frenchman as well as keep hold of this season’s top scorer Alexander Isak. The 22-year-old would bring flair, pace and dynamism to the Newcastle attack whilst improving the depth of their squad. he would be an upgrade on Murphy and make the Magpies’ attack more potent.

The ex-Reading man has the required qualities to thrive under Eddie Howe at St James’ Park. In addition, Newcastle’s chase for Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman may also prove significant should he replace the outgoing Dan Ashworth in a similar role at the club.

However, as Newcastle are gunning for a spot in the Europa League, they might find it difficult to challenge the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool for Olise’s signature.

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