Crystal Palace does NOT plan to lose Michael Olise and upcoming free agent Wilfried Zaha this summer

Crystal Palace are NOT planning to lose both Michael Olise and upcoming free agent Wilfried Zaha this summer – Patrick Vieira is keen on keeping the French youngster as a star for the future

Crystal Palace won’t bear to lose both Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise during the summer transfer window.

Olise added to his growing reputation as one of the brightest talents in English football with a brilliant injury-time free-kick to earn his side a point against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

The France Under-21 international is already on the radar of European clubs; Paris Saint-Germain have a genuine interest in the 21-year-old.

Crystal Palace have no plans to lose both Wilfried Zaha (pictured) and Michael Olise this summer

Crystal Palace have no plans to lose both Wilfried Zaha (pictured) and Michael Olise this summer

Olise is also attracting interest from the Premier League ahead of this summer’s transfer window, with Arsenal among the clubs watching his progress.

But with talisman Zaha set to leave Selhurst Park when his contract expires at the end of the season, Palace are unwilling to lose another of their biggest attacking threats in the same window.

Palace have made a formal contract extension with Zaha but an agreement has yet to be found.

The Ivory Coast international is now free to discuss a potential free transfer with foreign clubs ahead of next season.

Highly-rated youngster Olise netted an excellent free-kick against Man United on Wednesday

Highly-rated youngster Olise netted an excellent free-kick against Man United on Wednesday

His injury-time free-kick smashed United's undersized wall and shot off the bar

His injury-time free-kick smashed United’s undersized wall and shot off the bar

But while there are huge fears at Palace that Zaha’s time at the club is coming to an end, there remains a semblance of hope that he can be persuaded to stay.

Whatever the case, Zaha’s decision will have an impact on Olise’s future at the opposition clubs.

Palace are understood to have reached an agreement with Olise last year to remove a £35m buyout clause from his deal, meaning the club is under no contractual obligation to accept an offer if it corresponds to the transfer fee.

Meanwhile, despite the striker’s two caps for France Under-21s, Olise remains on England’s radar.

Palace'reached an agreement with Olise last year to waive his £35m buyout clause'

Palace ‘reached an agreement with Olise last year to waive his £35m buyout clause’

There is a feeling at the FA that Olise is leaning heavily towards a senior career with France – however, they will continue to keep an eye on the talented youngster.

The forward was born in England and is eligible to represent the Three Lions, Nigeria, Algeria and France.

FIFA Rules state that a player may switch allegiances provided he has not played in more than three competitive matches at senior level, including not appearing in a World Cup or continental tournament final, before the age of 21.

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