Celtic’s hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer led them to be linked with a whole host of names before eventually bringing in Vasilios Barkas from AEK Athens to replace the departing loanee, Fraser Forster.
One such name was Robin Olsen, with the Swedish international being linked with a move from Roma.
It was no surprise considering Olsen’s ability. Olsen is Sweden’s number one goalkeeper and Roma paid €12 million to sign the player in 2018. As reported by ESPN he was brought in as a replacement for Liverpool bound Alisson. However, he struggled at the Stadio Olimpico and finished last season on loan at Cagliari.
Reports in Italy are now suggesting just what the offer Celtic made for the Swede was and it is fair to say the Bhoys made it easy for Roma to turn them away.
As reported by Il Tempo (as relayed by Calciomercato) and TMW, Celtic’s offer for the 30-year-old consisted of a loan deal without a transfer fee or loan fee attached. Celtic also asked that Roma pay a portion of his wages to help get a deal over the line.
Despite Olsen not being a first-team option for the Giallorossi, the Italian side rejected such an approach.
It is not clear if Celtic are set to return with a further bid for Olsen, as Barkas is ably supported by Scottish international Scott Bain at Parkhead.
But if the Bhoys do return with another offer for Olsen, they will need to make it a better one.