PSV Eindhoven ended up taking Ricardo Rodríguez on loan from AC Milan in January after being frustrated in their attempts to sign Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt in the same window.
The 30-year-old was once again linked with a move away from the Premier League side in the summer, with reports linking him to Paris Saint-Germain. However, no deal materialised and he ended up continuing at Selhurst Park.
Ajax were one of the clubs credited with an interest in the left-back during the previous window, before they decided not to make an approach for him.
De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij has explained why the Amsterdam club decided not to sign the Netherlands international after initially including him in their transfer list.
“He was weighed last summer and found not good enough. Perhaps van Aanholt will come into the picture in the coming period,” Verweij said, as relayed by Voetbalzone.
“But last summer he was in the picture and then he was found not good enough. So, I would be surprised if he is suddenly found to be good enough. He wasn’t, but I’m not surprised when things change.”
Van Aanholt’s current deal runs out at the end of this season and he hasn’t committed his future to the Eagles so far.
Failure from Roy Hodgson’s side to tie down the Dutchman to a new deal will then allow the player to change clubs on a free transfer next summer.