Fabrizio Romano has reclaimed that Aston Villa have an ‘deal in progress’ to sign Robin Olsen on loan from Roma.
Olsen has been on loan at Sheffield United for the first half of the 2021/22 campaign.
He came in as the number 1 goalkeeper at Bramall Lane and made 11 consecutive league appearances between mid-September and early November.
However, he has not featured in any of the Blades’ last five championship games, with former Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham excelling in his absence.
Villa have been linked with the 32-year-old since collapsing a move for West Ham’s Darren Randolph and it is believed Olsen will serve as a backup for current number 1 Emiliano Martinez.
On Thursday, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed that Villa had reached a personal agreement with Olsen, but Sheffield United had not yet decided whether they were willing to let him go or not.
However, on Friday night, Romano issued a new update, in which he stated that the deal is almost complete.
“Robin Olsen from Sheffield to Aston Villa now in final stages, deal in place,” he wrote in Twitter. ‘Last details to be resolved.’
AS Roma will cancel the loan to Sheffield and then let Olsen join Aston Villa until the end of the season. Olsen has already agreed personal terms with Villa.
Is Olsen a good fit for Villa?
It looks like Olsen will soon become a Villa player, at least temporarily, and it’s a decent move from Steven Gerrard.
The 32-year-old is very experienced, with over 50 caps to his name and some good clubs on his resume.
He has won league titles in Sweden and Denmark with Malmo and FC Copenhagen respectively and has played in major championships.
At 6ft 5″, he is a commanding presence between the sticks and would be a safe option to bring to the side whenever Martinez is unavailable due to injury or illness.
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