Arsenal have been dealt a massive January transfer blow, just around 3weeks to the opening of the transfer business. With one of our prime targets linked away.
According to the Express, In-demand Aston Villa defender, Ron Vlaar, could ditch the interests of various Premier League, not to remain at the midlands, but to go to Italy.
Tuttosport reports Vlaar’s agent has spoken to Napoli officials, ensuring them the 29-year-old is available to buy in next month’s transfer window.
Vlaar could sign a pre-contract deal with one of his two Premier League suitors next month, but Villa boss Paul Lambert could push through a transfer and cash in on a player he would lose for free six months later.
The 29-year old Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park by January after his outstanding World Cup outing with van Gaal’s Netherlands and it’s been suggested that one of Manchester United or Arsenal would be favoured to have him sign for them. Though Liverpool have not been linked much with him, an ex-Kop boss in Rafa Benitez now looks set to capture the player in January.
Vlaar is one of the most highly rated defenders in the Premier League, and being out of contract in the coming summer, is in a position to agree to pre-contract terms in January. Injuries have limited his appearances in the League to just seven games this season, a factor which could be responsible for the supposed hesitation amongst the interested Premier League clubs.
With injuries and departures causing huge gaps in both Arsenal’s defence this season, it had been expected that Wenger will be going into the winter window with the acquisition of a true defensive leader as a top priority. Vlaar’s premier League experience makes him a hot prospect as he is seen as having no need of adaptation which would be expected for players from foreign lands.
Benitez had moved on from England to Inter before Vlaar arrived Villain 2012, but he has identified him as having the profile of the kind of defender that could fit it for him. He has the experience of the Premier League and the World Cup performances where he kept the likes of Lionel Messi at bay gives him the pedigree of a big game player.
Wenger, besides Calum Chambers, has only two recognised center halves in Koscielny and Mertesacker. There is the certain requirement of bringing out the best in player by keeping someone ready on the bench to take their place at any slip.
It is no secret that both of our defenders were spurred to always improve over the past seasons because ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen was always ready waiting to pounce.
Now that there is no one to provide such competition, we must be concerned about the quality of their inputs, and with Vlaar seemingly looking away to Italy, we would swiftly have to engage another equally able defender.
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