Feyenoord want to sign Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt for next season according to a report.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad claims the Eredivisie side are keen to bring the 23-year-old back to his homeland following his loan spell at their domestic rivals Vitesse Arnhem.
The story claims that Feyenoord are preparing for a number of summer departures and want to act quickly to bring the Chelsea player in after he spent the previous two-and-a-half seasons at Vitesse.
Feyenoord are stealing themselves for the possible sales of both Stefan de Vrij and Bruno Martins Indi, but they are not standing still, with a loan move for van Aanholt already touted.
The young defender reportedly held talks with Jose Mourinho back in February to discuss the next campaign. But at the time he intimated it would be hard to break into the Chelsea first-team squad.
“It’s about playing and developing,” van Aanholt told De Telegraaf. “I still think Chelsea are a nice club but with their millions, there’s so many (players) they can buy. It makes the chance to really break through as a young talent quite small.”
If the likes of De Vrij and Martins Indi do leave, the latest report claims Feyenoord would then have the money to pay the players such as van Aanholt a competitive wage.
Following his omission from Louis van Gaal’s final 23-man Dutch squad for the World Cup, the young left-back has a big decision to make this summer.
He could return to Chelsea and potentially get lost in the crowd, or he could return to Holland once more, this time with Feyenoord, and hope he grows into a seasoned international.
That said, with Ashley Cole leaving Stamford Bridge, he just might get his chances there. But do not expect him to return only to sit on the bench.