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Everton signs Swedish national team starting goalkeeper on loan

Olsen to Everton

FERRARA, ITALY - JUNE 23: Patrick Robin Olsen of Cagliari Calcio holds the ball during the Serie A match between SPAL and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Paolo Mazza on June 23, 2020 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

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Everton has signed Sweden’s starting goalkeeper, who will challenge England’s current No. 1 for the gig.

Robin Olsen, 30, has 37 caps for the Swedish national team including 32 of its last 33 tournament or qualifying outings.

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Olsen will hope to pip Jordan Pickford to Everton’s No. 1 spot, the ex-Sunderland goalkeeper failing to impress after a starring role at Sunderland in 2015-16 landed him at Goodison Park.

The two goalkeepers have shared a pitch before in England’s 2-0 defeat of Sweden at the 2018 World Cup quarterfinal.

Everton’s goalkeeper position is its biggest question mark, even more so now that the Toffees have landed Ben Godfrey from Norwich City.

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Pau Lopez is Roma’s current No. 1 and Olsen spent last season on loan at Cagliari. Olsen signed with Roma in 2018 after time with Copenhagen, PAOK, and Malmo.

The Swede faced and saved more shots than Pickford last season and his 73.9 save percentage is 11 points higher than his English counterpart.

Everton had also been linked with longtime Manchester United backup Sergio Romero, the longtime Argentina backstop, and current Tottenham No. 3 Paulo Gazzaniga.