Patrick van Aanholt appears to be on his way out of Sunderland. A recent statement on the club’s official website announced that the defender has been given permission to speak to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
It has been announced on Sunderland’s official website that Van Aanholt has told the club that he does not want to play for them anymore and that they have submitted a transfer request.
According to BBC Sport, Palace would have to pay Sunderland a transfer fee of £14 million in order to secure the services of the former Chelsea left-back. It is quite a lot of money for a 26-year-old who is playing for a team struggling for survival in the Premier League.
Former Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison has taken to Twitter to have his say on the situation. Ex-Sunderland prospect David Preece has also made his opinion known on the social networking site, and so has assistant coach of Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, Michael Beale.
@pvanaanholt congrats on the move mate, back to London!— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) January 27, 2017
£12 million profit on PvA is good business by Sunderland. Better going forward but not good enough to turn an offer like that down.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) January 27, 2017
Sunderland are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with 15 points from 22 matches, just three points behind 17th-placed Swansea City.