By Wayne Veysey

2nd Jan, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Everton open talks over £5m January signing

Everton have opened talks over signing Robin Olsen on a £5million deal this month.

The Merseysiders are working on converting the Swedish goalkeeper’s season-long loan from Roma into a permanent deal.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that Carlo Ancelotti wants an agreement secured in the current window rather than waiting until the summer.

 

Ancelotti revealed last month he wants to make Olsen’s loan permanent but was vague on the possibility of a January or summer deal.

Everton are already in discussions with Roma over securing the 30-year-old to a long-term contract.

The goalkeeper has made a big impression on the Champions League-winning manager since joining in October.

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Ancelotti and his coaching staff believe Olsen offers top-quality cover and competition for long-serving number one Jordan Pickford.

He was notably selected for their League Cup quarter-final against Manchester United and has also started two Premier League matches.

Pickford remains first choice and was once again between the sticks for Friday night’s 1-0 defeat against West Ham as Tomas Soucek’s late goal proved decisive.

Ancelotti believes keeping Olsen can spur Pickford on to new heights – as well as add depth to his squad.

The 6ft 5in keeper has been capped 42 times by his country and played in all five Sweden matches in the 2018 World Cup finals.

They included the 2-0 quarter-final exit to England when Pickford was in the opposition goal and playing the best football of his career.

In other news, Everton have given green light to defender exit as multiple English clubs battle to sign him this month.