There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Patrick van Aanholt in the last period.
The latest reports in England and Netherlands suggest that Ajax are preparing move for Crystal Palace fullback Patrick van Aanholt.
Crystal Palace spent 10.5 million euros to sign the Netherlands international from Sunderland in the winter of 2017.
Since his arrival from Sunderland, Van Aanholt has scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists in 115 games for Palace.
Patrick van Aanholt has earned 9 senior caps for the Netherlands national team but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his nation.
Given that his contract is expiring soon and he has not yet signed an extension, the rumors have only heated up in recent weeks.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Ajax.
Erik ten Hag wants to sign a new fullback and Patrick van Aanholt is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Netherlands international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Ten Hag wants to target in the winter transfer window.
Ajax are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
There is no doubt that Van Aanholt will take Ajax’s defense to a different level.
According to the report, “Ajax are considering a move for Crystal Palace left back Patrick van Aanholt. The Dutchman is a key figure for Roy Hodgson’s Palace team. However, Football Insider claims a January bid from Ajax for the player is very likely. Ajax are likely to lose Nicolas Tagliafico, and if he goes they will look to van Aanholt as his replacement. The Dutch international is happy at Palace, but his contract runs out next summer, and talks over a new deal have stalled. If the club can convince him to put pen to paper, a move seems unlikely. Otherwise, he could be heading to Ajax in the winter.”
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If Ajax can agree on a fee with Crystal Palace, the deal should be easy to complete.
Good signing for Ajax?
If Patrick van Aanholt is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Ajax.
Ajax should do everything in their power to sign the in-demand Van Aanholt, who has all the qualities to be a success at the club.
The 30-year-old could be a good fit for Ten Hag’s Ajax.
How strong that interest is and whether Ajax will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.