Gus Poyet looking to tie up a deal for Patrick van Aanholt.
Chelsea’s signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid looks to have been the death knell for one Chelsea left back, with Patrick van Aanholt reportedly set for a move to Premier League rivals Sunderland as the two clubs look to agree a fee for the Dutchman.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) July 24, 2014
Sky Sports’ Jim White tweeted that the two clubs are in negotiations, with Poyet perhaps turning to an alternative left back with a move for Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, who enjoyed a successful loan spell last season, yet to be completed.
Van Aanholt is one of a number of players on Chelsea’s books to have made far more of an impression whilst out on loan than at Stamford Bridge, having plied his trade for the likes of Newcastle United, Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and Vitesse Arnhem since he signed for the Blues from PSV Eindhoven in 2009.
He has made two senior league appearances for the club and, having reached the age of 23, it looks certain that this summer will be the one when the Dutch international finally moves on permanently from the club.
Despite picking up two caps for his country he missed out on Louis van Gaal’s final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will be looking to rebuild his career if a move to Wearside goes through.