Chelsea could be ‘reported’ over Michael Olise deal by Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace are reportedly considering formally reporting Chelsea over their approach to sign French winger Michael Olise this summer, leaving the proposed transfer in jeopardy. The Blues are said to be activating the 21-year-old’s release clause with a bid in the region of £35million, but the Eagles have been unhappy with the way Chelsea have conducted themselves – and aggravated their Palace counterparts.

The Daily Mail have claimed that Roy Hodgson’s outfit are considering a formal report amid concerns that Olise has been ‘tapped up’, while the club have already expressed their fears in an informal capacity.

Palace chiefs are aggravated at Chelsea’s conduct and have accused them of ‘crossing a line’ in their pursuit of the France Under-21 star despite the Blues believing they have tabled a bid that matches the complex release clause in the player’s contract.

Those at Selhurst Park hold concerns that Chelsea may have broken Premier League rules surrounding transfers and may report them for an illegal approach, despite the Blues being comfortable and assured that they have not acted untoward in their approach to sign Olise.

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Transfers in the English top flight and across Europe are often first agreed between the purchasing club and player as the two parties decide whether personal terms can be agreed upon, before then taking the matter to the club that the player is contracted to – despite rules stating that no communication should be taking place between the player and purchasing club in regard to a potential transfer.

The Premier League states the official definition of tapping up is: “Subject to Rule T.7, a contracted player, either by himself or by any person on his behalf, shall not either directly or indirectly make any such approach as is referred to in Rule T.5 without having obtained the prior written consent of his club.”

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Olise is currently recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty over the summer and will not be available in the short term for either Chelsea or Palace as he continues his rehabilitation after surgery.

When asked if he was confident that Olise will stay at Palace, Hodgson told Sky Sports: “No one knows really at this moment in time. If there are clubs who are desperately or seriously preparing a bid and tempting him away then he’ll have a decision to make.

“I can only wait and see if there are clubs who are going to come in and make those bids and tempt him away, and in that situation what decision is he going to make, because he also knows that we are really very keen to keep him here. But unfortunately these matters are totally out of my hands – everything will depend I suppose on what happens in the future.”

Chelsea have been contacted for comment by Express Sport.

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