Aston Villa have been busy in the January transfer window, signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona and Lucas Digne permanently from Everton, but the Midlands outfit aren’t done there. Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports and the Guardian says Villa are closing in on a loan move for Robin Olsen.
Olsen was loaned out to Everton (October 2020 – June 2021) after a lukewarm debut season in Italy and joined Sheffield United (August 2021 – present) a year later, but Romano says his stay at Bramall Lane will be cut short this month.
The Swedish international made only 11 appearances for Everton and didn’t set the place alight at Goodison Park – 16 goals conceded and three clean sheets. Olsen has made 11 appearances for the Blades and kept only one clean sheet, but fans on social media are still excited at his impending arrival.
Olsen won’t dethrone Emiliano Martinez as Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper, but the 32-year-old could be backup, ahead of Jed Steer. He’s only going to join Villa on loan until the summer, however, so Steven Gerrard will need another deputy shot-stopper at the end of the season.