The Lowdown: Loan move
Olsen made the move to the Midlands back in January from AS Roma after spending the first half of the season with Sheffield United.
The 32-year-old, who was labelled ‘monstrous’ by the Spanish press following a fine performance for Sweden, served as backup to Emiliano Martinez and made his debut on the final day of the season against Manchester City.
NSWE have already made Philippe Coutinho’s loan stay permanent, and it looks as if Olsen could now follow suit.
The Latest: Romano’s post
Romano took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to provide an update regarding Villa and Olsen.
The transfer expert revealed that ‘Villa are getting closer’ to a ‘full agreement’, with a €3.5m option to buy clause ‘expected to be triggered soon’. Romano added that ‘talks are in progress’ and a ‘deal could be completed soon’.
The Verdict: Good news
It may not be a mega-money signing and a marque name like Coutinho or Diego Carlos, but securing Olsen to a full-time deal could still prove crucial for Steven Gerrard.
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He has bundles of experience in a number of European leagues, in the Champions League and on the international stage, and seems to be content with serving as back up to Martinez at this stage of his career.
Olsen may also be able to help Martinez improve even further, and at a fee of just under £3m, a move seems to be an extremely shrewd one.
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