Official: Villa confirm signing of Robin Olsen on permanent deal

Aston Villa have officially announced the signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a permanent deal from Roma.

The 32-year-old arrived at Villa on loan in January, and went on to make just one appearance last season in the final game of the Premier League campaign.

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However, he has done enough to impress Steven Gerrard within those five months, as the club’s official site confirmed the deal to sign Olsen permanently, making him our fourth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos.

As per the Swedish international’s Instagram post below, he confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a three-year contract, while the fee is believed to have been around £3m, as per The Express and Star’s Matt Maher.

Given his experience and pedigree at the top level for both club and country, Olsen is a smart long-term addition to the squad as he will continue to push Emi Martinez in training and keep the competitive level within the goalkeeper ranks high moving forward.

While he will no doubt have aspirations of displacing the Argentine between the posts, that competition and depth is a positive thing for Gerrard and Villa in a key position, and it’s hoped that it gets the best out of the two men in question, as well as benefitting some of the younger shot-stoppers coming through as well.

In the bigger picture, it continues a promising and positive summer transfer window thus far, with Villa making important additions to the squad with players capable of helping us take that next step in trying to compete for European places next season.