Exclusive: Liverpool set sights on star with £40m+ release clause

Liverpool target Michael Olise has a new release clause in his Crystal Palace contract worth well in excess of £40million, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed interest in the 22-year-old’s services will not subside this summer despite him signing a new deal at Selhurst Park in August.

Football Insider revealed on Friday (5 January) that Olise is being closely watched by Premier League giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City.

The Blues came closest to signing the France Under-21 international last summer by activating his £35million release clause.

But Olise eventually chose to pen new terms with the Eagles, keeping him with the Croydon outfit until June 2027.

As revealed by Football Insider (31 December), Liverpool are interested in Olise – and have dispatched top scouts to assess him as a potential long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah.

Reports have also suggested that Man United are ready to join the race for the winger following Sir Jim Radcliffe’s Old Trafford investment.

All signs now point to a big summer race for Olise’s signature – with his release clause likely to stand at more than £40million.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Palace are in for a “hard battle” to keep hold of their star man despite him committing to new terms just last year.

Olise has hit five goals and notched one assist in just nine appearances this season after missing the opening part of the season through injury.

He once again suffered a hamstring problem in the win over Brentford last week and could miss more action for Roy Hodgson’s side in the coming weeks.


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