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Transfer: Chelsea ‘submit £39m bid for Michael Olise’

Chelsea are keen on signing Michael Olise and have reportedly made a £39million offer to Crystal Palace.

Olise has a £35m buyout clause in his Selhurst Park contract.

According to RMC Sport, the Blues have tabled an initial offer for the 21-year-old who has reportedly been ‘seduced by the project’ at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have offered figures in excess of release clauses before – as they did with Villarreal to sign Nicolas Jackson – in a bid to secure a a more favourable payment plan.

The Argentine manager is a big admirer of the young winger and has already spoken to him, with Olise having reportedly agreed to join Chelsea if a deal can be reached.

Palace, meanwhile, are trying to convince him to stay and Pochettino’s side will likely need to trigger that buyout clause as Roy Hodgson’s side are reluctant to entertain negotiations to sell him.

Their offer that sits above his buyout clause may help them pip Manchester City in the race to sign him, with Pep Guardiola also eyeing up a move for the Crystal Palace prospect.

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