Out-of-contract Palace star begins talks over free transfer

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 4:16 - James Holland

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Out-of-contract Crystal Palace star Patrick Van Aanholt has reportedly begun talks to end his Premier League spell.

The left-back joined the Eagles in January 2017 for a reported £9.5million fee.

He’s gone on to make 126 appearances for the club and has become one of their star players in recent seasons.

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Van Aanholt now looks set to leave Selhurst Park after running down his contract with Palace.

According to Football Insider, he’s begun talks over a free transfer with an unnamed Champions League side.

If the move goes through, it will see Van Aanholt achieve his dream of playing in Europe’s elite competition.

The player sparked speculation of a Palace exit when he decided not to sign a new deal.

Palace will now pay the price by letting a player valued at £7million by Transfermarkt leave for free.

Arsenal were linked with a move for the 30-year-old in January to provide backup for Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners ultimately decided against a transfer.

Manager Roy Hodgson has been trying to find his successor at left-back this season to prepare for the departure.

The number one choice at the moment is 21-year-old Tyrick Mitchell.

He’s made 13 league appearances already this season and kept Van Aanholt on the bench during Palace’s recent win over Brighton.

Van Aanholt began his career with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven before securing a move to Chelsea’s academy.

He failed to make the first team at Stamford Bridge and was loaned out to several teams, including Leicester City.

He eventually found his place with Sunderland after joining for less than £2million.

The Netherlands international remained at the Stadium of Light for three years before joining Palace.

In the 2017/18 campaign, he played an important role on the left side with talisman Wilfried Zaha. The duo helped Palace to achieve 11th place in the Premier League, their best finish of the last five years.

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