Man Utd's plan to land Liverpool transfer target this summer

Manchester United have a plan to beat Liverpool to the signing Michael Olise this summer, according to a report.

The Crystal Palace attacking midfielder has been in fine form so far in 2023/24, scoring five times and assisting once in just nine Premier League outings.

The 22-year-old has large played in a right wing role for Roy Hodgson's side this season and is widely regarded as one of the division's best, young attacking talents.

A move to Chelsea fell apart for Olise last summer, with the player since signing a new deal at Palace.

More interest in the Hammersmith-born France youth international is anticipated this year, however, with Football Transfers reporting on Liverpool's interest in a summer transfer.

That report claimed the Reds have been eyeing Olise as a possible long-term successor to Mohamed Salah on the right flank, while Manchester United have also been 'closely monitoring' the forward's development.

According to ESPN, United 'have discussed' a part-exchange summer deal for Olise, which would see defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka return to his former club Crystal Palace.

The report claims that the Red devils' willingness to offer up Wan-Bissaka 'could prove persuasive' in the transfer race, while Liverpool, again, are name-checked as suitors.

However, Olise is not a unanimously popular transfer target at United, with some members the recruitment team supposedly trepidatious, following Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha's struggles to following expensive switches from Selhurst Park to Old Trafford.

Olise, whose new contract runs until 2027, is expected to be allowed to leave this summer, with a raised release clause part of his new deal.

While the exact buyout of his contract is not public, a report from the Evening Standard suggests it has been set 'significantly higher' than the previous figure of £35m.

In addition to Olise, Anfield Watch understands that Liverpool are interested in Leeds' Dutch winger Crysencio Summerville as they plan attacking reinforcements this summer.

Meanwhile, Salah is leaning towards extending his contract beyond 2025, despite interest from the Saudi Pro League.

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