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As per Football Insider, Reading attacking midfielder Micheal Olise has a release clause of £8m amid interest from Leeds United.
Olise, 18, is emerging as one of the Championship’s standout young talents and has played a key role in Reading’s stellar early season form that sees them sit at the top of the league table.
The Frenchman is in the final 18 months of his contract at the Madejski Stadium and this news of his release clause could prompt interest in the player to accelerate as January approaches.
So, with Leeds’ interest in Olise clear, should the Whites make a move for him in January amid this release clause news? Is the Royals star good enough for Bielsa’s side?
The team here at FLW discuss….
I would certainly be tempted to make a move if I was Leeds.
Looking at Olise’s recent performances, you could argue that he is more than ready for the Premier League, and at a young age, has a decent resale potential, meaning they could turn a decent profit on that £8million investment on the midfielder further down the line.
Indeed, given the Whites look like establishing themselves as a Premier League club this season, that is a fee that should be easily affordable for them, particularly since their summer business means it doesn’t really look like they need to recruit too much elsewhere in their squad come the January transfer window.
It is also worth noting that with other clubs seemingly circling for Olise, it could be smart for Leeds to get this done quickly, then they do not lose out on the 18-year-old to a Premier League club he could then come back to haunt them with at some point in the future.
The offer should have been submitted already!
This is a ridiculously low price in today’s market for someone with the talent and potential of Olise, so there will surely be a massive queue of clubs chasing the player.
Leeds know exactly what the teenager is about and his talent would seem to fit easily into the Bielsa style of play. For £8m it’s an absolute no-brainer as he could easily be worth three or four times that in the next few years and it’s below his market value now anyway.
The only issue is the level of clubs that they will be competing with but Leeds should do all they can to get the player.
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For me, the price is about right.
Reading have their asset protected by a seven-figure sum and there’s little denying that Olise is a player that’s worth the fee.
Anything north of that is a little steep given what Olise has done so far in his career, but I think if he’s available for £8m Leeds might be fishing in January.
He’s the perfect player for a Bielsa side: young, versatile and already showing maturity in a difficult division.
I can’t see January passing without something emerging from Elland Road in terms of a little interest.