Carlo Ancelotti can solve a long-running Everton worry by finalising a permanent transfer for on-loan AS Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
According to Nico Schira, the Goodison Park natives are working on a €6.5m (£6m) deal that will see Olsen remain on Merseyside beyond his season-long loan spell.
The Toffees are prepared to offer the Sweden international a three-year contract to stay at the club he has featured for on three occasions across all competitions, while disrupting Jordan Pickford’s relentless run between the sticks by starting two Premier League games.
Ancelotti has confirmed his intentions to retain Olsen beyond his 12-month loan spell, but is willing to wait until the summer if Roma prove tough to negotiate with.
“We are pleased to have him here. 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,” said Ancelotti, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo.
“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.”
Ancelotti is clearly impressed by what Olsen has brought to Goodison Park since joining Everton in the final hours of Deadline Day in October, and has seen the £17,000-per-week ‘keeper record one clean sheet in his three appearances to date.
Olsen’s sole shut out to date came during Everton’s 2-0 win over Leicester City when the Toffees visited the King Power Stadium last month, at a time the Foxes boasted the third-most lethal offence in the Premier League having scored 24 times in their prior 12 games.
The Swede later returned to guard the net against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final but conceded twice in a 2-0 defeat, with Ancelotti seemingly of the thinking that the 42-cap international is of a similar standard to Pickford.
Now seeking a deal to retain Olsen beyond his temporary terms could well see Ancelotti solve the long-running worry at Goodison Park of having top-level competition for Pickford, who saw out the threat posed by Joel Robles, Maarten Stekelenburg and Jonas Lossl without a sweat.
Pickford had started 120 straight Premier League games for Everton following his £30m arrival in 2017 until Olsen did what his predecessors could not and take over the role when fielded at Newcastle in November, proving his potential ability to keep the Sunderland product on his toes.