Aston Villa sign Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma

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The Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has become Aston Villa’s third signing of the transfer window after joining on loan from Roma.

The 32-year-old has spent the first part of the 2021-22 season on loan at Sheffield United but has not featured since the international break in November.

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Olsen has struggled to get playing time at Roma since joining the Serie A club after an impressive World Cup in 2018. He had previously been loaned out three times – to Cagliari, Everton and Sheffield United – and is unlikely to have a future in the Italian capital. He made 11 appearances for Everton last season and has played the same number of games for Sheffield United this campaign.

The current Villa No 1 goalkeeper, Emi Martínez, has been at Villa since 2020 and won the Copa América with Argentina last year but has made a few high-profile errors this season, including one against Manchester United at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac has left Arsenal to join Marseille. The former Schalke defender had his contract terminated at the Emirates to allow him to join the Ligue 1 club on a deal that will run until the summer 2023.

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