Aston Villa 'confident' they can beat Man Utd and Arsenal to £60m star signing

Michael Olise  is a top target for Aston Villa this summer, according to reports.Michael Olise  is a top target for Aston Villa this summer, according to reports.
Michael Olise is a top target for Aston Villa this summer, according to reports. | Getty Images
Aston Villa are hopeful of making a statement signing as they continue their upwards trajectory under Unai Emery

Aston Villa are aiming to make a huge statement of intent by beating Arsenal and Manchester United to the signature of Crystal Palace talisman Michael Olise, according to reports. FootballTransfers claim that Olise has his sights set on playing Champions League football next season, but is keen to play for a club where he is seen as a regular starter, adding that he is prioritising his playing time over sitting on the bench.

This development, it is claimed gives Villa the edge over both Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign the Frenchman, who has been a vital part of the setup at Crystal Palace since his arrival from QPR in 2021.

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Olise has proven to be an instant hit at Selhurst Park and has won plaudits for his ability to run at teams, carve out chances and strike the ball from distance.

The Frenchman’s performances over his first two seasons earned him the attention of Chelsea, who were close to completing a blockbuster move last summer, only for the 22-year-old to change his mind at the final moment by penning a new four-year deal.

Olise’s game has reached new heights since making that decision and he has notably fired in nine goals and four assists in 17 appearances, all while treating fans to a number of eye-catching displays including a sensational double in a 4-0 victory over Manchester United.

The winger’s new contract includes a £60m release clause which Villa are confident that they will be able to pay if they secure qualification for this year’s Champions League. Villa are in pole position for a return to Europe’s elite competition after 41 years and need just one win from their final two games to guarantee a top four spot, although they may not even need that if Tottenham drop any further points.

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