Norwich City transfer rumours: Sweden and Roma keeper being tracked by Canaries, Watford and Bournemouth
PUBLISHED: 11:30 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:40 25 April 2019
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An Italian newspaper has claimed Norwich City are monitoring Roma and Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen as a potential Premier League option for next season.
Corriere dello Sport, a major sports newspaper based in Rome, claim Watford are interested in a £10million deal for the 29-year-old international keeper but that Norwich and Bournemouth are also following the Swede's situation.
Olsen was signed from Copenhagen last summer in a deal reported to be initially worth around £10m and had been a regular until recently, keeping seven clean sheets in 35 games in all competitions so far this season.
It seems highly unlikely that City would be able to compete for Olsen at those figures and Sweden's number one is likely to command a lucrative wage package as well.
Tim Krul has played an important part in a successful season for the Championship leaders, who need just a point from their final two games to ensure they are promoted, and signed an initial two-year deal last summer.
Northern Ireland international Michael McGovern, 34, also recently signed a new contract to keep him at Norwich until 2021 but it is likely another keeper will come in to provide strong competition for Krul if the Canaries are in the top flight.
Watford are in the market for a new keeper as Heurelho Gomes is set to retire, while Bournemouth are expected to bring in a new number one as well after a disappointing season for Asmir Begovic.
Olsen has 34 caps for Sweden and played against England in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals in Russia, which the Three Lions won 2-0, and has previously played for Malmo in his homeland and PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece.
He enjoyed a successful spell with Copenhagen though, winning the Danish league and cup double in both 2016 and 2017 – where he was competing against Canaries star Teemu Pukki, during his time at Brondby.
Olsen was signed as a replacement for Allison after the Brazilian's big money move to Liverpool and played in the Champions League last 16 second leg in Porto last month, a 3-1 defeat in extra-time for Roma.
Antonio Mirante has played in the 2-1 home win in the first leg and has retained the starting role for Claudio Ranieri's team since a 4-1 home loss to Napoli at the end of last month, coinciding in an upturn in form in Serie A, with qualification for next season's Champions League still possible with five games remaining.
VERDICT: Seems likely the Swede would only be a potential signing for City if a loan deal was possible – and Olsen doesn't seem to have enjoyed the best of seasons at Roma.
While City's sporting director may well be considering a keeper addition as competition for Krul this summer, the Canaries will struggle to compete financially with established top-tier teams like Watford or Bournemouth when it comes to wage demands.