Manchester United are set to increase the pressure on Aston Villa, and force them to make a decision about Ron Vlaar’s future by making a £1.5 million bid for the defender, as reported by the Daily Star.
While Vlaar is available at the end of the season on a free transfer, Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is willing to pay a reduced fee, relative to his value, and capture him during the winter transfer window.
Vlaar’s contract expires at the end of the season, and should Villa and the player not agree a new deal, he will be able to leave for nothing.
The midlands club are insistent that they would rather have that occur than sell him now.
While a £1.5 million bid will not force through a move, it will likely not cost much more to sign him.
He only cost Villa £4 million, and while he is a key player, the club managed the first section of the season without him after he suffered an injury.
Vlaar is also thought to be keen on a switch, having come to the natural end of his time at Villa.
Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their chase for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.
The Old Trafford club could sign the Dutch defender in January after Villa boss Paul Lambert started looking for replacements in defence, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Vlaar is out of contract with the Midlands club at the end of the season, and there is little indication that he will sign a new contract with them between now and the end of the campaign.
Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is thought to be a fan of Vlaar, and the Red Devils have been consistently linked with a move for him in order to fix their defence, which has suffered since the start of the season.
Defensive woe is probably the only thing standing between Van Gaal and a true title challenge, and an experienced and strong head like Vlaar at the back would likely improve their options going forward.
He could also be captured for a reasonable price, especially if Lambert is willing to cut him loose in order to get some of his value back to avoid losing him on a free transfer.
Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has denied the increased speculation over a possible January move to Arsenal or Manchester United, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Villa skipper’s contract expires at the end of the season, but it now seems as though talks are underway to renew his deal before the winter window comes around.
His imminent contract expiry means that both the Gunners and Man Utd had earmarked the Dutch defender as a possible cut price addition in January, given the fact that both clubs have suffered an incredible spate of injuries to their back line since the start of the new campaign.
Both teams believes that Vlaar would be available for far less than his true market value, and were keen to bid.
However, Vlaar himself has denied that there is anything to be said about a possible move elsewhere, and has revealed that talks are now underway about renewing his deal.
He said: “I have nothing to say [about a transfer] because there is nothing going on.
“I have spoken to the gaffer a few times [about a new dea] but that is it so far.”