Whilst it’s always worth taking stories that are reported in The Daily Star with a pinch of salt, reports yesterday suggested that Juventus may look to replace Manchester United linked left-back Alex Sandro with Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt this summer.
With Jose Mourinho routinely linked to the brightest and best talents across the world game as he bids to haul in Pep Guardiola’s trailblazing Manchester City side, it’s no surprise to see the Reds being talked about as potential suitors for the hugely impressive Sandro; news that has seemingly forced Juventus to examine their options ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Having always been known as an attack-minded left-back, Van Aanholt would arguably work well for the Serie A champions, given the dominance they often enjoy over their opponents; not that Palace are likely to be too pleased about the prospect of having one of their star performers taken away from them.
After starting each and every one of the Eagles’ games in 2018, Patrick has become a real fans’ favourite at Selhurst Park, working wonderfully with Wilfried Zaha on the left-hand side and chipping in with a mightily impressive five goals between March and May.
Clearly brimming with confidence as part of a relentless counter-attacking unit, Van Aanholt’s pace and willingness to run at opposition full-backs worked wonders for us in the final third for much of the last 8 weeks of the season, prompting me to wonder just how high we could go by playing with a similar style for the entirety of a Premier League campaign.
To his credit, the Dutchman chose to tweet his excitement at being given a “London derby” on the first weekend of the new season soon after the fixtures were announced yesterday morning, prompting plenty of Palace fans to respond joyously at his apparent show of loyalty.
There is a good chance that Juventus’ supposed interest is a total fabrication thought up on The Star’s sports-desk as a consequence of his fine form towards the end of last season but it would seem foolish not to draw your attention to it, just in case Allegri and co. do indeed decide to make a formal offer for his services over the coming weeks.