Liverpool are interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, according to FootballTransfers.com.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with the France Under 21 international in recent days but it is believed that the Reds will compete with their rivals for the player’s signature.
Olise is a left-footed right winger, and the report claims that he could be lined up to “potentially succeed Mohamed Salah” in the long term.
With the Egyptian international having one year left on his contract, and speculation over a potential move to Saudi Arabia, Liverpool do need to plan for his potential departure.
How much would Olise cost?
Chelsea triggered a £35m release clause in the 22-year-old’s contract at the start of the season but they had to back out of the deal after being accused of tapping up.
Subsequently, Olise signed a new deal keeping him at Selhurst Park until the summer of 2027. It is said that the buyout fee has now been raised to £60m, which would still make him an attainable target for the likes of Liverpool and United.
There are concerns about the player’s fitness record
Olise missed the start of the season after sustaining a hamstring injury. When he returned to fitness in November, he put in several impressive displays, scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist in only 9 appearances.
However, Olise has since picked up yet another hamstring issue, which is expected to keep him out of action for the rest of January. It means a transfer this month is not on the cards but teams, including Jurgen Klopp’s side, could well revisit the situation this summer.
The frequency with which he is picking up injuries, though, will be a major worry for clubs weighing up bids for the Frenchman.