Arsenal take on Chelsea to sign Crystal Palace flyer Olise; Mbappe twist sees Man Utd suffer yet another managerial blow

Chelsea and Arsenal want to buy Crystal Palace flier Michael Olise who was signed last summer, while Kylian Mbappe played an unwitting role in Man Utd suffering a blow in their search for a new permanent manager – the all in Tuesday’s Paper Talk.

LONDON BIG BOYS WATCHING OLISE

Chelsea and Arsenal are among three English clubs looking to sign impressive Crystal Palace striker Michael Olise.

This is according to the sunwho placed the London heavyweights as well as Everton as part of the 20-year-old next summer.

Olise only signed for the Eagles last year after Palace triggered an £8.37million release clause to get him out of Reading.

The move was seen as something of a coup at Selhurst Park, with Olise a standout performer in the Championship.

This led to him appearing on the radars of bigger clubs than Palace, but it was Patrick Vieira’s side who rolled the dice.

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However, by the sun, Olise’s stay at the Palace may only last a year. It is said that they “face a fight” to retain the star who can operate in the center or on the right.

Besides Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton, interest has also emerged from the continent. French champions Lille are in on the action with Bayern Munich.

But it’s a move within the Premier League that would seem most likely given how well he’s settled into the top flight with the Eagles.

Indeed, the report adds that his ‘smooth’ transition is sparking transfer interest. His impressive performance last time out against Chelsea gave Thomas Tuchel an up close and personal view.

However, the article notes a potential wrinkle in the proceedings. Newcastle could be looking to rekindle their interest in fellow striker Eberechi Eze next summer. The Magpies reportedly saw a loan with an option to buy denied in January.

The sun conclude that Palace will not let the two players leave in the same window. If Newcastle move quickly and forge a breakthrough for Eze, Olise will be out of the market.


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MBAPPE FACTOR COULD TORPEDO MAN UTD, POCHETTINO ODDS

There is a ‘growing sense’ that Man Utd manager’s target Mauricio Pochettino will be away next summer, but not at Old Trafford, according to a report.

This comes from the Daily Mailwho claims the Argentine is quickly emerging as an option to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

Exit status Ancelotti is under increasing pressure at the Bernabeu and could be scrapped at the end of the season.

Despite currently leading La Liga by six points, the Italian’s future could be determined by Real’s Champions League fate. They currently have a one-goal deficit to overthrow against PSG as they face a humiliating exit in the round of 16.

Pochettino has regularly been touted as an ideal candidate to succeed caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick at Man Utd. Indeed, the article claims that Pochettino is a favorite target for many Man Utd players.

However, the future of French superstar Kylian Mbappe could prevail over Pochettino’s next move.

The mail Mbappe has forged a close bond with his current manager which could be rekindled at Real.

Mbappe looks set to move to Madrid when his contract expires this summer. The outlet concludes that Real could ‘speed up’ Pochettino’s move to ensure Mbappe is given the best possible conditions to thrive in Spain.

ABANDONED ARSENAL TRANSFER

Jose Mourinho could cost Arsenal millions after apparently deciding not to trigger the option in Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan deal, according to a report.

The versatile Gunner, 24, finally got his wish when he left Arsenal in search of regular playing time last month.

Roma came calling, with Maitland-Niles traveling to the Italian capital hoping to impress.

However, by the mirror (quoting an Italian outlet Calciomercato), Maitland-Niles struggled to gain attention.

Indeed, the report says his performances were ‘so disappointing’ that Roma boss Mourinho has ‘already started’ looking for replacements for his position in the squad ahead of the summer window. Barcelona’s Sergino Dest is quoted in the report.

This means the Serie A outfit are highly unlikely to trigger the option to make Maitland-Niles’ loan deal permanent. The outlet says this option is set at between £8m and £12m.

Arsenal won’t get anything if they don’t change their performance over the next few months. If he were to return to north London, he would only have one year left on his contract with Arsenal.

It means the Gunners are likely to push for a permanent sale to avoid losing him for free 12 months later.

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