Arsenal ‘keeping tabs’ on Crystal Palace starlet ahead of summer swoop

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Arsenal and Chelsea could battle it out for a Crystal Palace star.

Arsenal’s attacking options are limited following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month, and the Gunners have reportedly turned their attentions to Michael Olise.

Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs keeping tabs on the Crystal Palace youngster, according to The Sun.

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Olise joined the Eagles from Reading last summer after activating his £8.3 million release clause.

The attacker’s tally of two goals and four assists this season certainly doesn’t tell the full story, with Olise making a brilliant impression at Selhurst Park so far.

The 20-year-old has been one of the most exciting young prospects to watch in the Premier League this season and his form has attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

With Aubemayang already gone, Arsenal could also see the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah leave in the summer and will need to bring in replacements.

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If they are to make a move for the former Chelsea academy player, then they will have to beat the Blues in the race for his signature.

A number of Chelsea’s attackers have struggled this season and Thomas Tuchel will be looking to freshen things up ahead of next season.

Transfermarkt currently values Olise at £16.2 million - double the amount Crystal Palace paid seven months ago.

However, with four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, the Eagles will undoubtedly be eager to keep hold of their prized asset and won’t let him leave on the cheap.

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