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Steven Gerrard ready to push through cut-price €3.5m transfer for experienced star

Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa v Leeds February 2022

Aston Villa are set to seal a cut-price summer transfer for on loan goalkeeper Robin Olsen, according to a report.

The Sweden goalkeeper became Steven Gerrard’s third signing of the transfer window after joining on loan from Roma. The 32-year-old had spent the first part of the 2021-22 season on loan at Sheffield United.

He made 11 starts in the Championship for the Blades before being displaced by Wes Foderingham. And Gerrard moved quickly in January to add the experienced stopper to his squad.

The new Villa boss was quick to draft in Olsen which allowed him to move Jed Steer out on loan to Luton.

Villa’s long-serving back-up has only played one Premier League game since Emi Martinez arrived from Arsenal in 2020.

Olsen has yet to feature for Villa, but Gerrard must have been impressed with the experienced keeper at Bodymoor Heath.

Olsen’s brief appears to have been to help Villa’s current crop of keepers improve.

“Emi’s a really good goalkeeper and I think working with him will make me a better goalkeeper,” said the Swede in January.

“The level of the sessions will be high. Hopefully we can push each other to be better.

Olsen out of contract in 2023

“I’m really, really happy. It’s been a couple of days of waiting to come here, so when I woke up this morning and I knew I was signing for the club I was really happy.

“It was easy [the decision to join]. When I heard about it from my agent for the first time, I decided to do whatever I could to change club and sign for Villa.”

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma inserted a clause of around €3.5m in the loan agreement which would see the deal turn permanent in the summer.

And, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Gerrard will push ahead with the signing this summer.

Villa are thinking of triggering the clause for a player, who is under contract in Rome until 2023.

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