In Focus: Man City want Van Aanholt in January window

According to The Sun, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Benjamin Mendy was purchased during the summer with the view to filling the left-back spot for City this season, but the Frenchman is currently on the sidelines with a serious knee problem.

That was led to Fabian Delph operating at left-back for the Premier League leaders, and although the former Leeds United midfielder has been impressive in that position, it is understood that Guardiola wants a specialist defender in the winter window.

According to The Sun, the surprise name on City’s list is Palace defender Van Aanholt, who only joined the Eagles from Sunderland at the start of 2017.

Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand has also been linked, but it is thought that Guardiola believes Van Aanholt will be more attainable at the mid-point of the season.

Is Van Aanholt good enough for City?

As mentioned, Van Aanholt, who is valued at £8.1m by transfermarkt.co.uk, joined Palace from Sunderland in last season’s January transfer window.

The full-back scored twice in 11 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign, and has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles this term.

He has experience of a major club having come through the youth system at Chelsea, but he left the Blues in 2014 after making just two Premier League appearances.

Loan spells at Coventry City, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and Vitesse aided his development, and he has certainly shown that he is capable of operating at the top level of English football.

Quick and skilful, Van Aanholt would be well suited to City’s style of football, and whilst there are much better defenders in the Premier League, he could prove to be a very astute signing for the Citizens at a relatively low price.