Managerless Chelsea prioritize signing Olise and 18-year-old Nigerian striker after successful trial

Managerless Chelsea prioritize signing Olise and 18-year-old Nigerian striker after successful trial

The Blues are set to appoint their sixth manager in two years with Kieran McKenna, Roberto De Zerbi, Enzo Maresca, and Thomas Frank all in the frame.

But that has not stopped the club from making signings, they are set to make a move for Crystal Palace's £60million-rated Michael Olise, irrespective of who takes over the managerial reins.

The Blues are keen not to miss out on 22-year-old Olise and are preparing to move for the Eagles' star player.

The Mirror reports that Chelsea's board is determined to maintain its bold transfer strategy, leaving the new manager to focus on team preparation.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Liverpool are also interested in Olise, with United and Arsenal likely to have an advantage as the versatile forward is eager to play Champions League football.

Despite this, Chelsea remains undeterred, having been consistently impressed by Olise's goal tally, assists, and consistent high-level performances. The West London club has long been interested in Olise, who netted 10 goals from just 14 league starts and provided six assists last season.

The managerial merry-go-round at Chelsea continues unabated, with the club set to appoint their sixth head coach in just two years under the ownership of Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali, and Clearlake. The list includes brief stints by Bruno Saltor and Frank Lampard as interim managers.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace's Oliver Glasner is brimming with confidence about retaining key players Olise, Eberechi Eze, and Jean-Philippe Mateta for the upcoming season. The Austrian gaffer quipped that if the trio were sold, the proceeds could fund a brand-new stadium for the Eagles.

He said: "I am very confident they'll be here because they have contracts and no one has told me they'll be leaving. I think what we have done is that we have shown them that Crystal Palace have ambition.

"We have shown them how we want to play, which path we want to go down, which journey we want to ride together. They can show their strengths, qualities, and personalities and express themselves.

"They fit together. This is what we can do. If something else happens, then this is football. But Crystal Palace will be able to build a new Selhurst - because it will cost a lot of money.

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of young Nigerian striker Ibrahim Hafiz Umar after a positive trial with the club’s academy according to reports.

The 18-year-old was handed a trial with the Blues back in March and it appears they have now decided in regards to the Nigerian.

Umar caught the eye of Chelsea and other European clubs at an international youth tournament called the Viareggio Cup, where he finished as the top scorer with ten goals.

The striker currently plays for Ojodu City Academy in Nigeria and had reportedly been close to a move to Norwegian side FK Bodo/Glimt, but the move was denied.

Now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported the Blues are closing in on a deal to sign the teenager following a positive trial period.

Once Chelsea completes the deal they face the decision of whether to keep the striker with the club’s academy or send him on loan to Strasbourg like they have done with Angelo Gabriel and Andrey Santos.