Olise to Man Utd: Red Devils leapfrog Arsenal in race for £60m star

Michael Olise to Man Utd has become even more of a possibility in the summer, according to ESPN. The news outlet claims that the Red Devils are now leading the race to sign the Crystal Palace star.

Olise is understood to have a release clause in his current contract that is set to become active once the season ends, and while the exact figure is unknown, it is believed to be anywhere between £50-60m.

As part of a potential clearout at Old Trafford, Man Utd could even offer former Palace player Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a makeweight to reach the required sum, but they will face competition from a number of their Premier League rivals for his signature, namely Liverpool and Arsenal, with the latter being linked with a sensational double swoop involving Olise and Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak.

Wan-Bissaka has been linked with a sensational return to Palace as a potential makeweight for Olise to join Man Utd – Photo by Icon Sport

Olise to Man Utd: Can the Red Devils win the race for his signature?

Given that both Arsenal and Liverpool can offer UEFA Champions League football next season and Man Utd cannot, it will be difficult for the Red Devils to persuade Olise to join them instead. Arsenal also offer another London-based option for the winger, while there be a starting place up for grabs in the right-wing position at Liverpool should Mohamed Salah depart in the summer, as has been rumoured.

With uncertainty over the futures of many wingers at Old Trafford like Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho, a wide attacker should be on Man Utd's transfer list as a high priority, and Olise for a maximum of £60m looks to be a sweet deal.

That is especially the case when considering they paid a lot more for an underperforming Antony, and when comparing it to some of the extortionate transfer fees some Premier League clubs have paid for players over the years.

There is no doubt that Olise would improve the Man Utd team, as his seven goals in all competitions are only beaten by Alejandro Garnacho and Rashford in terms of wingers in Erik ten Hag's team, while the Frenchman has also contributed four assists. At just 22 years of age, Olise has plenty of potential, and that could no doubt be fulfilled at the Theatre of Dreams, should they manage to lure him there.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.