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Why Michael Olise chose Bayern Munich instead of Chelsea, Man Utd and others

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Michael Olise has completed his move to Bayern Munich from Crystal Palace, bringing an end to one of the summer’s biggest transfer sagas.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a contract running until 2029 at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern stumping up £45m to sign the winger, with a further £5m potentially due in bonuses.

The Bavarian giants beat a number of top Premier League sides to Olise’s signature, with the Frenchman bringing down the curtain on his stay in England.

So why did Olise pick Bayern? Who were the other suitors and why did they fail? 90min has the answers for you.

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First and foremost, 90min understands Bayern were the only interested party that were willing to meet both Olise and Palace’s financial demands.

However, that wasn’t the sole reason or driving force behind his choice. Sources have described Olise as a ‘meticulous decision-maker’ who wanted each offer presented to him before deciding on which club to advance talks with, informing Palace he wanted to be notified of when these bids arrived – he wanted full control of his destiny.

Olise was also disappointed on missing out on France’s squad for Euro 2024 and is now determined to be on the plane for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. A move to Bayern, where he will be consistently playing Champions League and challenging for titles, felt to him like the best chance of improving those odds.

Despite being overlooked for the Euros, Olise has been called into France’s squad for this summer’s Olympics on home soil, giving him an opportunity to stay in the international conversation and force his way into the senior setup. Bayern gave him the green light to play in Paris, which was another positive in their favour.

France’s Olympics coach Thierry Henry is convinced Olise will use the Olympics to send a message to senior boss Didier Deschamps and has already decided against representing England.

“We know that he has plenty of possibilities but he wants to play for France,” said Henry, also noting Olise is eligible for Nigeria and Algeria.

“You have to highlight his desire to show that he wants to play for the French team.

“If he was English, he’d have already left to play for England. He could have made the other choice and played the Euros with the England team, like his teammate, Eberechi Eze at Crystal Palace, but he wants to play for France.”

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