Aston Villa have agreed personal terms with Sheffield United stopper Robin Olsen, although the deal is yet to be signed off due to the Blades’ reluctance to lose their current number two.
Villa have registered their interest in Olsen over the last few days. The big Swedish stopper is currently out injured but is fighting his way back to fitness. Earlier on today, Paul Heckingbottom had said that Olsen would only be allowed to go if United had a replacement in the building.
And now, respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has said that Olsen has agreed personal terms with Villa, although as Heckingbottom mentioned, the Blades will have the final say.
As Romano states, the Blades would need to agree to terminate his season-long loan deal. Then, Roma would send the stopper back to England to sign for Villa on loan.
Olsen has made 11 appearances for the Blades since signing in the summer. Slavisa Jokanovic brought the Swede in after losing Aaron Ramsdale. But he’s kept just the single clean-sheet in those 11 games, conceding 17 in the process, including two big errors against Preston and Millwall.
Robin Olsen To Aston Villa Edging Closer?
It certainly seems that way. If Villa have agreed terms with Olsen, it suggests they’ve had firm talks. The issue, as Heckingbottom says, is getting someone else in.
United would be left short in the goalkeeping department. Michael Verrips left this week, while Jake Eastwood has little in the way of experience.
For United, this has been a signing that just never looked like working from day one. In a way, it sums up the Jokanovic era. We got a proven manager and did nothing. Likewise, we’ve brought an international number one in, and nobody will be sad to see him go.
With a bit of luck, Robin Olsen to Aston Villa will be done and dusted ASAP, with a new face brought in.