Aston Villa agree deal to sign Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan

Aston Villa are close to making their third signing of the transfer window, having agreed a deal to bring in the Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma.

The 32-year-old has spent the first part of the 2021-22 season on loan at Sheffield United but has not featured since the international break in November. He has passed a medical at Villa and the deal is set to be announced in the next 24 hours.

Olsen has struggled to get playing time at Roma since joining the Serie A club after an impressive World Cup in 2018. He has been loaned out three times – to Cagliari, Everton and Sheffield United – and is unlikely to have a future in the Italian capital.

He made 11 appearances for Everton last season and has played the same number of games for Sheffield United this campaign.

The current Villa No 1 goalkeeper, Emi Martínez, has been at Villa since 2020 and won the Copa América with Argentina last year but has made a few high-profile errors this season, including one against Manchester United at the weekend.


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