Report: Roma want to sign Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt

Sunderland Fans

Could Roma swoop on Sunderland this summer?

Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Serie A side Roma, report Tuttomercatoweb.

Van Aanholt has been a regular for Sunderland this season, but the Black Cats face potential relegation, which will make it harder to hang onto their best players this summer.

The former Chelsea youngster is 25, and is being considered by Roma as an alternative to PSG prospect Lucas Digne.

Van Aanholt has been a threat in front of goal this year, scoring four times in 31 games from left-back.

Roma are battling for third place in Serie A, which will see them qualify for the Champions League next season. Even if Sunderland stay up, keeping Van Aanholt will be difficult if the Italian side step up their interest.

Van Aanholt has four international caps for Holland, recently called back into the squad after being handed his debut in 2013, and featured as a substitute in the 2-1 win over England at Wembley.

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