Aston Villa have continued their rapid start to the summer transfer window by confirming the signing of Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen from Roma.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard has wasted no time in strengthening his squad this summer. Indeed, Olsen becomes signing No 4 for the Villans with deals for Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara already announced. The club also this week reached an agreement with Sevilla for Diego Carlos, with the Brazilian officially signing on June 10.
Now Villa have also confirmed the capture of experienced keeper Olsen for an undisclosed fee.
He spent the second half of the 2021/22 season on loan with Villa. Having started the year at Championship Sheffield United, he was brought in by Gerrard to act as quality cover for Emiliano Martinez.
And the 32-year-old, who has been capped 57 times by his country, made his debut on the final day of the season as Villa let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 3-2 to Manchester City.
Villa did not disclose the fee agreed with Roma for Olsen, but it is understood they secured a £3m option on him in January.
The contract length was also omitted in Villa’s statement, but Olsen soon took to social media to reveal more details.
Writing on Instagram, he stated: “Really happy to be a part of this club the next 3 years. UTV”
Villa business is impressive
Aston Villa deserve a lot of praise for the way they have approached this summer window.
Gerrard the manager is very much like he is as a player. He knows what he wants and sets about trying to achieve it.
Having taken charge in November 2021, he added the quality signings of Coutinho (then on loan), Lucas Digne and Calum Chambers in January.
Aston Villa have shown their ambition so far
After sealing a deal for Diego Carlos, Aston Villa aren’t showing any signs of slowing down in the transfer market.
With those players quickly bedding in, Gerrard has then taken time to assess what else is needed.
Indeed, all four signings will have roles to play in the 2022/23 season. Gerrard and Villa have ambitions to push into the higher echelons of the Premier League. As a result, they are looking to build a squad they hope is good enough to achieve that.
That said, you would not rule out Villa making more signings yet. As such, it seems the club are still very much active on the transfer front.