As time rolls by, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Aston Villa are going to end up losing their defensive linchpin, Ron Vlaar. Given how important he is to the team, his exit is going to create a great amount of disappointment among fans. The best Paul Lambert and co. can do now is to ensure that they get the best deal possible from his sale.
Unfortunately, his contractual situation is going to make this difficult. By the time this season draws to a close, his Aston Villa deal will have expired. This will mean that he will be available as a free transfer and that Villa will get nothing from selling him.
With that in mind, Paul Lambert will be keen to sell up during the January transfer window, whilst he’s still officially an Aston Villa player.
This brings me to The Express‘s claim that Aston Villa are still hoping to get as much as £12m from selling Ron Vlaar. I’d argue that this sum of cash is in line with his ability, but some way off when it comes to the reality of the situation. Would Paul Lambert really pass up on £8m if it meant keeping Vlaar for a little longer and then losing him for free in the summer? I don’t think so.
Either way, the Dutch ace is likely to attract a lot of attention in the January transfer window, not least from his compatriot, Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal. The two know each other well and it’s certainly easy to see Vlaar fitting in neatly within this Manchester United side.
The 29-year-old has Premier League experience, he’s physically tough (they don’t call him ‘Concrete Ron’ for nothing!), strong in the air and he’s positionally sound. He’s also a leader and a smart cookie. I’d argue that he’d be a significant step up on United’s current options.
Now we just need to wait and see if Van Gaal is willing to meet Aston Villa’s asking price.
What’s your take? How much is Ron Vlaar worth given his current contractual situation?
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