Report: Patrick van Aanholt wanted by Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola intends to make a shock £12m bid for Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.

Guardiola is said to be keen to further strengthen his defensive ranks for the second half of the campaign, having lost £52m ace Benjamin Mendy to a long-term injury.

The Catalan coach has already targeted a replacement option, with The Sun reporting that he intends to lure Van Aanholt to the Etihad Stadium in the New Year.

Palace may be willing to offload the six-cap Netherlands international, who only made the switch to South London from Sunderland earlier this year in a £9m deal.

Van Aanholt has been used 11 times in all competitions by the Eagles this term, failing to play a direct part in any goal for a side that also holds claim to having the division’s joint-worst defence.