Roma set for £25m January swoop for star Patrick van Aanholt
AS Roma are planning to make a £25million January swoop to sign Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt.
The Italian giants are on the hunt for a new left-back – and have recognized Van Aanholt as one of their real focuses one month from now.
The 28-year-old has been in impressive form for the Eagles over the past 12 months and his performances have caught the eye of Monchi, the Serie A club’s executive of football.
Last year’s Champions League semi-finalists need to bring in a new left-back as a long haul trade for previous Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov.
And Roma are prepared to come up with a £25m package they believe will be sufficient to entice Palace into moving one of their most experienced players when the transfer window opens.
Van Aanholt has been under the eye of several clubs since his move to Selhurst Park, with Juventus featuring him as their favored choice in the event that they were compelled to move Alex Sandro.
The interest from Turin has cooled after the club persuaded Sandro to focus on another long haul contract.
In any case, City scouts have likewise been checking his presentations as they survey whether they need more cover at left-back with Benjamin Mendy sidelined through injury.
But it is Roma who could be first to make their move despite Van Aanholt having two-and-a-half years left to keep running on his agreement in South London – after initially contacting the Eagles last January over a possible deal.