City Could ‘Walk Away’ From £60M Transfer Unless Player Snubs Chelsea And Other Clubs

Manchester City may “walk away” from negotiations for Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, unless the player makes it clear that he wants a move to the Etihad, according to The Athletic.

Their club correspondent Sam Lee says that any transfer is dependent on the 22-year-old making the Cityzens his preferred destination:

“It has to be said that City’s general approach when there are several clubs interested is to either get the player to shun all rival bids or simply walk away from a deal, so it will be interesting to see exactly how keen they and Olise are to make a move happen.”

The website have already confirmed that Chelsea, Newcastle and Bayern Munich have contacted Palace about signing the Frenchman but they claim that City and rivals Manchester United are also in the mix.

How much will it cost to sign Olise?

The winger signed a contract last summer that included a release clause worth £60m. It is believed it can only be triggered by Champions League clubs.

That would give City and (potentially) Bayern an advantage in negotiations, although you can’t rule out other teams (such as Chelsea) tabling a bid in excess of the buyout fee that could persuade Palace into selling Olise anyway.

Do City need to sign a winger?

ESPN reported on Monday that manager Pep Guardiola is perfectly happy to keep the squad that won the Premier League last season. However, it has been suggested that the club may consider strengthening their options on the right wing.

Julian Alvarez, who has provided cover on that side of the pitch, is said to be angling for a move away from the club and, if he does leave, it could open up space for someone like Olise to be brought in. For now, though, no bid for the France Under 21 international is thought to be imminent.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.