Serie A giants join Everton, Barcelona in chase for LaLiga keeper

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 8:52 - Rob McCarthy

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Inter Milan have reportedly joined Everton and Barcelona in the race to sign highly-rated Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva.

Granada director Fran Sanchez confirmed last week that Silva had rejected a new contract with the LaLiga outfit and will leave on a free in the summer.

The possibility of landing a quality stopper for nothing certainly appeals to Inter and Barca. Both clubs have major financial problems at the current time.

And according to Passione Inter CEO Beppe Marotta is looking to lure the Iberian to the San Siro.

Silva, 26, has been identified as a long-term replacement for 36-year-old Samir Handanovic at Inter.

Everton are also expected to be in the market for a new keeper. That is despite Robin Olsen revealing his hopes of making his stay a permanent one.

Estadio Deportivo states that Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring in Silva to create competition for Jordan Pickford.

However, if Olsen makes his loan move a permanent one then it could spell bad news for England’s No.1.

Olsen loving life at Goodison

Speaking to Everton’s official website about his plans for the future, Olsen admitted: “I knew I would have the competition with Jordan [Pickford] but I have seen if I train well, I will get my chances and if I play well, I will get more chances.

“You should want to improve yourself every day and I feel I am getting better all the time with Everton.

“We have a fantastic goalkeeper group – we can make jokes but when it is time for exercise everyone switches on, it is extremely professional and you need complete focus.”

Olsen believes that England suits his life on the pitch better too.

“In Italy, it is more tactical, you need to be in your position and do what the coach is telling you, ‘You pass the ball there, there’,” he added.

“Here, the players are so good, they already know what they are doing. I knew it would be fast but it is faster than I thought.

“I like it, I am big, there are more duels in England, it fits me.”



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