Fabrizio Romano says Michael Olise is set to join Man United if these two deals secured


Olise is a top target for Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS as they aim to bolster United’s forward options ahead of the new season.

The right-wing position in particular is an area of the pitch that may need to be strengthened. Antony’s struggles both on and off the pitch mostly forced Erik ten Hag to deploy Alejandro Garnacho on that flank for some parts of the 2023/24 season.

While Garnacho did a job there to the best of his abilities, it’s hardly a role he naturally thrives in. Towards the latter stages of the campaign, Amad Diallo produced some sensational performances on the right but it’s clear that moving forward, United need more quality depth. This is where Olise comes in.

Last term, Olise plundered an impressive 10 goals and six assists in just 19 Premier League appearances. United have been heavily linked to them but it’s not just them. Chelsea are also thought to be in the race to secure the Frenchman’s services.

A recent report covered by The Peoples Person relayed that amidst United’s dithering, the Blues had taken a “big step forward” in their efforts to secure Olise’s services by reaching a verbal agreement with the player over personal terms.

Chelsea are understood to be keen on moving with speed to ensure they beat United to the 22-year-old’s services. All this is happening while the Red Devils are still conducting an end-of-season review that’s expected to determine Ten Hag’s fate as club boss.

Romano joined Ben Jacobs on CaughtOffside’s Debrief and gave his verdict on why United seem to be dragging their heels on the Olise front while Chelsea are making moves.

The Italian journalist explained that unlike Chelsea, United almost certainly need to make sales before making any big purchases and this is perhaps what may be making the club slow in concretely swooping in for Olise.

In particular, Romano noted that United first need to permanently part ways with Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood. The proceeds from these respective sales can then be directed towards recruiting Olise.

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