The real reason Chelsea ‘pulled out’ of a deal to sign Michael Olise from Crystal Palace

Joe Williams
Michael Olise is wanted by Chelsea
Chelsea were very keen on Michael Olise.

Chelsea have decided against taking their interest in Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise any further and have pulled of a deal, according to reports.

The Blues made the Frenchman one of their top targets in the summer transfer market with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and other clubs also interested.

But a report yesterday claimed that German giants Bayern Munich – who are managed by Vincent Kompany – are now expected to agree a deal with Palace with personal terms with Olise not likely to be an issue.

Olise, who got 10 goals and six assists in 19 appearances in 2023/2024, was close to joining Chelsea last summer before deciding to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park, increasing his buy-out clause.

And The Athletic‘s David Ornstein has confirmed on Saturday that Chelsea have now ‘pulled out of the process’ to sign Olise after contacting Palace on Thursday to express their interest in the winger.

Ornstein added:

‘That was granted and Chelsea indicated they wanted an outcome by the end of this week.

‘Chelsea made what they believed to be their strongest offer but felt the finances involved were beyond reach and chose not to proceed.

‘The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are aiming to create a more disciplined wage bill than in the past and if a transfer target does not fit into that they would rather reward existing players who out-perform over time or invest in new elite talent on more reasonable salaries.

‘While there is no doubt about Chelsea’s pursuit of Olise — for the second summer running — its potential impact on their squad balance and depth meant the conditions needed to be right.’

One player who has been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer is Connor Gallagher with rumours the Blues could sell him to help with the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules.

But former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit thinks Gallagher should be kept around as there aren’t enough English players currently at the club.

Petit said: “I think it’s the wrong decision, he’s English! It’s important for the fans.

“There are so many foreign players at Chelsea. I’ve been at the club so I know just how important it is for the fans to have English players at the club.

“They will get good money for Gallagher but he is one of their best players! They can easily afford to sell 4 or 5 other players in the team instead.”

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Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by Enzo Maresca earlier this month but Petit thought the Argentinian should have been given a chance next season after a strong end to the last campaign.

Petit added: “I’m very disappointed. I still don’t know what the board wants to do. I have respect for what they have done so far, splashing more than £1bn or so on the transfer market and they have tried to buy so many young, talented players but I’ve been told they may have to sell Conor Gallagher for FFP, I just don’t get it.

“I know it was a difficult season for Pochettino but the last few months the team has improved a lot and you can see some individuals were much happier than at the start of the season.

“I was thinking, give him a chance to continue to work with his staff and I think the change of manager, with a new philosophy, the change of players coming in and out of the club, will disrupt the stability.

“They will repeat the same cycle over and over again, and it doesn’t work like that so they need to learn from it.

“This isn’t like American sports, it doesn’t work like that, you need stability so I was very disappointed Pochettino left the club.”