Michael Olise will not be a new part of Chelsea’s puzzle, as despite the great interest of the Blues, he has extended his contract with Crystal Palace, the London club confirmed on its website.
The Stamford Bridge side activated the buyout clause to sign the young France international, but problems arose when Palace made allegations against Chelsea that they had spoken to the player without the club’s permission.
The Selhurst Park team took advantage of this and were even prepared to file a formal complaint against Chelsea, which reportedly put Todd Boley and the wealthy owners out of the whole saga.
“Olise is the one who decided to sign a new contract with us – and I have to congratulate Steve Parish and Dougie Friedman on a fantastic job,” said Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.
The Eagles are one of the few who managed to find a recipe against Chelsea’s onslaught this summer, as the Blues successfully completed several mega-transfers: Moises Caicedo (Over €115,000,000), Nicolas Jackson (€35,000,000), Marcel Disassi ( 45,000,000), Nkunku (€55,000,000), Angelo Gabriel (€15,000,000), Robert Sanchez (€25,000,000), David Washington (€18,000,00).
Olise arrived at Palace from Coventry in 2021, and he grew up in Chelsea. He recorded 11 assists and two goals in the Premier League last season.
This development of events means that Chelsea will have to look again for the “ten”, i.e. the creative person in the team. Mohamed Qudus from Ajax and Gabri Veiga from Celta are mentioned as potential options, but both players are in advanced negotiations with other clubs (the Ghana representative is negotiating with West Ham, while Veiga is close to moving to Napoli).