Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light for Everton to sell Bernard to Roma in a swap deal for Robin Olsen, according to reports in Italy.
Olsen is currently on loan at Everton from Roma, but Ancelotti is eager to keep the goalkeeper on a permanent basis.
The Swedish international is providing competition for first-choice keeper Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park. So far, he has made three appearances for Everton, keeping one clean sheet.
“Yes, I think we are pleased to have him [Olsen] here,” Ancelotti said on New Year’s Eve.
“He is a goalkeeper with experience, so I think we are going to talk with him and his agent to find a solution for him to be here permanently. It can be for January or in June.
“The games that he played he did well. He was comfortable, he was calm, he was quiet. I think he gives good support to Jordan also.”
Now, Everton may have found the key to unlocking a permanent deal for Olsen that would satisfy all parties.
According to Rome-based newspaper Corriere Dello Sport, Ancelotti is happy to let Bernard leave for the Italian capital if it means keeping Olsen.
Bernard has struggled to cement a regular place at Goodison Park after moving to the Premier League from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018. After being linked with an exit over the summer, he has only started two league games so far this season.
Therefore, he could be considering his future. As it happens, he has emerged as a target for the club Everton are already in transfer talks with.
Roma are managed by Paulo Fonseca, who previously worked with Bernard at Shakhtar. Since they are looking for an attacking midfielder, a deal for the Brazilian would make sense.
Both clubs benefit from swap
Ancelotti will not stand in Bernard’s way, having used him sparingly since taking charge of the club in late 2019. Likewise, Roma will gladly let Olsen leave, as he failed to impress for them before.
The transfer will also benefit Everton financially. They will only have to pay €6.5m for Olsen, but will gain somewhere between €10m and €13m for selling Bernard.
Everton will also get Bernard’s wages of €4m-per-season off the books. The 28-year-old is even willing to drop his salary to €2.5m at Roma to push through his exit.