Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Crystal Palace star Michael Olise in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old France U21 international who nearly joined Arsenal as a teenager will reportedly favour a move to the Gunners over a potential transfer to Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta has long admired Olise and expressed keen interest in acquiring the winger, who had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
Despite Olise signing a contract extension with Crystal Palace in 2023, speculation looms due to a release clause of £60 million set to be active at the end of the season.
Olise recently returned from a hamstring injury in November and has hit the ground running with stellar performances, scoring five goals in nine Premier League appearances and a goal or an assist in each of his last four games.
Reports from FootballTransfers suggest that Arsenal will have to make sales this month before any move is made for Olise due to financial constraints.
An insider closely linked to the negotiations revealed Olise’s preference for Arsenal, echoing.
Olise, who was born in London is reportedly an Arsenal fan and has close ties with the Gunners before joining Chelsea academy in 2009.
Arsenal recent consecutive Premier League defeats have highlighted the urgency to bolster their squad. With the January transfer window now open, the focus intensifies on the potential recruits the Gunners might target.
Moreover, pundits have thrown their weight behind Arsenal’s pursuit of Olise, even though competition brews with Chelsea and Liverpool vying for the winger’s signature. Janusz Michallik, speaking to ESPN, emphasised Olise’s potential value to Arsenal and other top-flight clubs.
Speaking to ESPN on YouTube, Michallik said: “You know the name that they’ve gone after, and I think it’s worth mentioning because Arsenal could use a player like that, I think to a degree Liverpool could use a player like that, and the name of that player for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool is Michael Olise.”