After Wilfried Zaha moved to Galatasaray, Crystal Palace are now set to lose Michael Olise as well after Chelsea triggered his release clause.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano.
What’s the story?
Well, this summer just gets worse for Crystal Palace fans.
Romano believes Chelsea have now activated Olise’s incredibly low £35m release clause, after already agreeing personal terms with the France Under-21 international.
The 21-year-old will now travel to west London for a medical.
Romano – arguably the most reliable journalist around – wrote on Twitter: “Chelsea have activated £35m release clause into Michael Olise’s contract. Deal advancing to final stages. Clause has always been there despite denials and all parties will be in touch to finalise the agreement. Olise already said yes to Chelsea, time to fix details.”
So – just like that – our No.7 is gone.
Now, Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman simply have to get busy in the transfer market, as Roy Hodgson’s attack is looking dangerously thin.
Crystal Palace fans should have seen Michael Olise exit coming
Nobody at Selhurst Park should be surprised to see Olise join Chelsea – it has been obvious for a long time that he is capable of playing at the very highest level.
What has surprised a few is the £35m fee – although that should not come as a shock.
Olise was already one of the brightest talents in England when we signed him from Reading for just £8m in 2021.
Freedman was able to sign the Londoner in that instance as his agent smartly included the £8m release clause in his contract at Reading, meaning the winger would not be stuck at the Madejski Stadium.
Reading fans were surely gutted about that, and the situation right now is very similar – the only difference is that Olise is taking one step higher, and his agent has once again ensured his client will not be denied career progression.
Ultimately – as sad as the situation is – we can only accept it, and look to reinvest our £27m profit into more reinforcements after signing Jefferson Lerma and Matheus Franca.
If Parish and Freedman fail to improve the squad further after losing Zaha and Olise, we are surely heading for another relegation battle.