The Athletic’s Everton correspondent Patrick Boyland has recently made a transfer claim on AS Roma loanee Robin Olsen.
Back in October, the Toffees sealed the arrival of the Swedish goalkeeper on a season-long loan from his Serie A outfit (per BBC).
In those games, he has managed to keep only one clean sheet and in the two matches he did not, he conceded four goals.
During the latest episode of The Athletic’s Gwlad Tidings podcast, Boyland discussed the chances of Everton attempting to swap Brazilian winger Bernard for the goalkeeper.
He said: “Everton want Robin Olsen, I’ve openly said that now – Ancelotti’s said that. You wonder if something can be done there [with a swap deal for the two players].
“Certainly, [Bernard’s] agent looks like he’s trying to do that and it’ll be a shame for Bernard but you’re not losing much, are you?”
TIF Thoughts on what Patrick Boyland said about Robin Olsen…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that “you’re not losing much” if Bernard leaves, so, perhaps a swap deal would be a good move for the Toffees.
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Over six Premier League appearances this season, Bernard has been the Toffees’ 11th-worst performer in the league with a 6.57/10 average rating (per WhoScored).
While that would suggest that it may be right for Everton to be looking to move him on, the two players’ market values mean that a straight swap may not be good value.
So, you would imagine that if there is any kind of swap deal for the two players, then, hopefully, there would also be a reduced fee paid to the Toffees.