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Reports claim Crystal Palace could consider selling Patrick van Aanholt during the January transfer window rather than risk losing him for nothing.
The 30-year-old has been with the Eagles since January 2017 and made 121 appearances in all competitions. However, he will be without a contract in the summer and is now free to speak to foreign clubs.
A 12-time international for the Netherlands, the left-back has been a reliable player for Palace. But the appearance of Tyrick Mitchell, 21, has cast doubt on his future.
The young Londoner has impressed during his last two outings, with van Aanholt on the bench. Sun. they’re suggesting that boss Roy Hodgson will now look to cash in on the former Sunderland man.
It seems likely that Mitchell will continue in his current position, which means only a peripheral role for the long-traveled veteran.
Van Aanholt was on the Chelsea books for five years, but he rarely played for the Blues. He was loaned to Coventry, Newcastle, Leicester, Wigan and Vitesse before arriving at Sunderland.
He has been a reliable defender and has also scored 14 goals for the South Londoners. Hodgson is said to be eager to get stronger this month, so a fee for Van Aanholt wouldn’t be bad.
Jairo Riedewald He can also play on the left side of defense, so the veteran coach has many options.
Larger fish to fry
Although van Aanholt’s future is a pressing issue, the saga surrounding Wilfried zaha dwarfs it in comparison. The future of the Ivory Coast striker is the subject of many columns in every transfer window.
He has been linked to many major clubs, but the Palace has always managed to keep them at bay. It has not always been good for the player, who favors the move to a bigger club.
And now, one of the biggest in Europe could be about to jump into the ring. Paris Saint-Germain appears on pole for his signing with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.
The former Tottenham boss was introduced as the club’s new manager on January 2. The Argentine is a well-known admirer of the 28-year-old midfielder, who has scored eight goals this season.
Hodgson seems indifferent from the rumors, but understand why it is in demand.
“There has been so much speculation regarding Wilf over the years that I tend to let those concerns go away, as they often do,” he said before the game against Sheffield United.
“Wilf is good and it doesn’t surprise me that there are clubs that would like to sign him, but there are a lot of things that need to be put in place before a player leaves a club.”
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