Manchester United should 'make' Michael Olise transfer move as Erik ten Hag decision pays off

Crystal Palace star Michael Olise is reportedly on the verge of signing for Bayern Munich despite rumoured Manchester United interest.
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England survived a scare in their Euro 2024 knockout against Slovenia as the transfer window kicks into gear for Manchester United and teams in the Premier League.

Kobbie Mainoo done his selection credentials did no harm for the Three Lions, as they needed a late Jude Bellingham goal to spare Gareth Southgate's blushes before captain Harry Kane headed England into the last-eight.

July 1 marks the official date for many players becoming free agents, and at Old Trafford, they have bid farewell to nine, including Champions League-winning centre-back Raphael Varane. While the departures go in search of their new clubs, Erik ten Hag's side remains fiercely linked with some of Europe's hottest prospects.

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Here, MEN Sport has taken a look at the latest United news and gossip has been doing the rounds.

Manchester United eye £50m hijack

Sky Sport Germany's Florian Plettenberg has claimed that Manchester United are trying to hijack Bayern Munich's transfer of Michael Olise.

Vincent Kompany's side are said to be on the verge of acquiring the highly-rated Crystal Palace attacker, but while the Bavarians are trying to finalise a deal, clubs are trying to lure him away from beneath the Bundesliga giants' nose.

However, the reporter has added that the Frenchman only wants the Allianz Arena switch, with the small details still being clarified between both clubs with a medical scheduled for the coming weeks.

MEN Sport says: United know all too well just how good Michael Olise can be on his day. The travelling Old Trafford faithful and supporters around the world will not need reminding of his exploits during United's last trip to Selhurst Park. Olise has courted interest from around the Premier League, with Chelsea among the strongest suitors.

Judging by Sky Germany's reports, the deal, although not stalling, is delayed with the medical being pushed back. The longer it drags on, United could swoop in, and to strengthen their attacking department, adding Olise would be a real statement of intent.

Kobbie Mainoo stakes England claim

England booked their place in Saturday's quarter-final against Switzerland as their path to the final became clearer. Although it wasn't plane sailing for the Three Lions, they trailed for over 70 minutes until Bellingham's acrobatic leveller before Kane nodded the Three Lions in front inside 90 seconds of extra-time.

Reports in the build-up to their encounter with Slovakia claimed that Gareth Southgate would bring Mainoo into the fray after a positive cameo against Slovenia in the final group match. Team news was revealed, and the United starlet was included for his first England start at a major tournament.

"He [Mainoo] seems like a humble, intelligent guy. The fact that he has integrated so quickly into United and international football says a lot about him and his playing intelligence," said Roy Keane in the build-up to the clash at Schalke's VELTINS-Arena on Sunday.

"Every time he was asked to step up, he did it. Sir Alex [Ferguson] always said you have to keep an eye on those who want the ball, who are brave enough to do it in front of 80,000 people."

MEN Sport says: Jude Bellingham will steal the headlines, but there is another feather in the cap of Kobbie Mainoo. What a player he has proven to be with the academy, polishing yet another diamond. Although the 19-year-old was brought off with England trailing, he was a crucial player in breaking the Slovakian rearguard as the Three Lions toiled passing from side-to-side.

He has very much staked his claim as a bona fide midfield starter alongside Declan Rice and Bellingham. This summer, Southgate has failed in his midfield options, first with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Gallagher. On Sunday, United's Stockport star did his chances of a recall no harm, and if anything, the 53-year-old's selection headache in midfield will be eased as a result of Mainoo's showing.