United Have ‘Discussed’ Move For £60M Rated Antony Replacement

Manchester United have “discussed” the possibility of a swap deal involving Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise, according to ESPN.

It is believed that the Red Devils would like to include Aaron Wan-Bissaka as part of the transfer, with the right-back potentially returning to Selhurst Park five years after leaving the Eagles.

While the right-back has recently had his contract extended by a year, it won’t stop United from offering him up as part of their proposal for Olise this summer.

The France Under 21 international reportedly has a £60m release clause in his contract but the inclusion of Wan-Bissaka may tempt Palace into selling their prized asset for below that figure.

Why are United interested in signing Olise?

The right wing is a problem position for manager Erik ten Hag. Antony was signed from Ajax for £85m last year to strengthen that side of the pitch but, unfortunately, the Brazilian has struggled to make an impact.

After an underwhelming first season where he scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists, things have only gotten worse for him since the beginning of the 2023/24 campaign.

Antony’s brief cameo appearance during the 2-2 draw against Spurs at the weekend means it is now 22 appearances without a single goal contribution.

There will be competition for Olise

ESPN report that Liverpool and Chelsea are the two teams who could battle United for the 22-year-old’s signature at the end of the season.

Chelsea’s involvement is somewhat surprising. The Blues tried to sign Olise last year before pulling out of the deal after Palace accused them of tapping up the player.

The winger subsequently signed a new contract, which is said to have increased his buyout fee from £35m to £60m.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.