Aston Villa is close to completing their fourth transfer of the summer in the form of Robin Olsen. The permanent signing of the goalkeeper is set to be announced in a few days.
THE FULL STORY Of ASTON VILLA AND ROBIN OLSEN
Robin Olsen has been on loan at Aston Villa from Roma since January. The Swedish goalkeeper was expected to head back to the Italian giants at the end of the season. However, negotiations between the clubs have been ongoing since the end of the season. Various transfer experts are now reporting that an agreement has been reached for a permanent transfer. The experts are now reporting that Villa will pay a fee of €3.5 million (£3m) for the goalkeeper. Despite being with the club for six months, the Swedish goalkeeper had to wait until the last game of the season to make his debut for the club. The 32-year-old replaced injured Emi Martinez as Villa lost the game 3-2 against Manchester City. Aston Villa lost the game despite leading twice.
GERRARD HAS BEEN IMPRESSED BY HIM
Before the game, Olsen had to settle for a place on the bench for all of his other games in the Villa squad. Speaking ahead of the game against Man City, Gerrard explained why it was a ‘big opportunity for the goalkeeper.” That’s a blow for us but a big opportunity for Olsen,” he said. “The reason we brought Olsen in is because he’s got experience in big games. A lot of caps in his country so I don’t think the opportunity will faze him at all.” Although it was a debut to be forgotten for Olsen as Villa lost 3-2 to Manchester City despite being 2 goals up. Robin Olsen was also assaulted by the Villa fans during the pitch invasion after the game as they won the premier league title after the game. The manager Steven Gerrard stormed out of the press conference in protest of the assault.
Although Olsen’s debut was worth forgetting for him and his team, he has impressed Gerrard in training by working hard. This is the reason, the Swedish goalkeeper’s loan move is being made permanent.
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