Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on the signing of Robin Olsen from Roma on a permanent basis.
The 32-year-old joined us in January on a loan deal from the Italian giants, and went on to make his debut in the final Premier League game of the season against Manchester City.
Given his experience and pedigree at the highest level both for club and country, he is unsurprisingly seen as a solid back-up option as well as good competition for Emiliano Martinez, and so it appears as though Villa are keen to extend his stay at the club.
As per Fabrizio Romano, there is a option-to-buy clause in our agreement for Olsen worth €3.5m, and it’s suggested that we are expected to trigger that option and sign him outright.
It’s added by Romano that talks are ongoing and a deal could be completed soon, and so that would represent another smart piece of business from Villa as we continue to strengthen the squad and get the pieces in place to compete in Steven Gerrard’s first full campaign in charge.
Villa have already moved to sign Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos, with more incomings and outgoings expected to allow him to stamp his mark on the group.
Should a move materialise for Olsen, it remains to be seen what that means for the likes of Lovre Kalinic and Jed Steer, as Villa will likely have to move on some individuals this summer to trim the squad and finances which in turn also opens up the flexibility to strengthen elsewhere if necessary.