Manchester City have been linked with Crystal Palace star Michael Olise. The right-wing appears to be a position of need for Pep Guardiola’s squad. Fabrizio Romano has previously reported that Girona’s electric winger Savio is a potential target for the right-wing for City. Now Crystal Palace star Michael Olise has been linked with a possible move to the European champions.
Transfer reporter Alan Nixon has reported that Manchester City are determined to sign Olise this summer. He further reports that the European champions will face competition from arch-rivals Manchester United for the talented winger. Furthermore, Nixon adds that a fee over £60 million may be required to sign Olise.
Is Michael Olise a realistic target for the world champions?
Given his age and potential Olise would appear to be an ideal signing. The winger has starred during his spell with Roy Hodgson’s side. Since joining the club from Reading he has scored 12 goals in 82 appearances while adding 22 assists. This season has seen Olise’s game go to another level to contribute 6 goals and 3 assists in 11 appearances playing primarily on the right wing.
With his technical ability, Olise does appear to be a similar type of player to former City winger Riyad Mahrez. With his eye for a pass and ability to find the back of the net Olise does appear well-suited to a potential role at Manchester City.
One cause for concern could be the injury record of the Crystal Palace star. As per transfermarkt.com, the winger missed the first 11 games of the season with a hamstring injury. He also went off injured during Crystal Palace’s 4-1 defeat to Brighton yesterday. His record of hamstring injuries could be a cause of concern for Manchester City. There were also concerns over the durability of City winger Jeremy Doku before he joined the club last summer. But with the state-of-the-art facilities and elite medical staff at Manchester City, they would back themselves to keep Olise fit.
Michael Olise would appear to be a player who could add to Pep Guardiola’s squad. The ability he has shown during his spell at Crystal Palace does appear ideally suited to Manchester City.
With Manchester City linked to Girona star Savio and now Michael Olise it could be a busy summer for the champions as they seek to add a right winger to the squad.