Vlaar missed the Gunners’s visit to Villa park this season but is being target by Arsenal and Manchester United.
In what would likely turn out as one of the best transfer deal of the January transfer window if such a move come to fruition.
Aston Villa has given Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, the go-ahead to speak to their captain Ron Vlaar, provided they can muster £12m plus according to Express.
The 29-year old Dutchman has been heavy linked with a move away from Villa Park by January after his outstanding World Cup outing with the Netherlands.
Vlaar is one of the most highly rated defenders in the Premier League, playing a key role in Villa’s sustained stay in the topflight over the past few seasons despite forecasts to the contrary.
Louis Van Gaal has a good relationship with the 29-year-old, and may be able to use his position as former national team coach to lure Vlaar to Old Trafford.
Despite Martin Keown’s opinion on the defender, Wenger must know better from his own experience to know that he may not take for granted how much of a good addition the Dutchman could be.
There won’t be many top class options available in January who will command less than the £20m expected to be available to Wenger in January. There’s been talk of an £8m bid being prepared for Celtic defender, Virgil van Dijk, but at 23, he is maybe still raw and unproven at the top level.
Ron Vlaar fits the profile of the kind of defender Arsenal needs at the moment. 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. Besides Calum Chambers, we only have 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.
Koscielny’s injury which will now keep him out of the game at Hull will see us use Nacho Monreal as Mertesacker’s partner – a dicey situation which we would not have to risk in January when the run-in prepares to set in.
Vlaar comes with loads of experience despite having just arrived England two years ago from Feyenoord. A member of the UEFA Under-21 champions in 2006, Vlaar had an impressive upbringing making his professional debut at 20 and continually being reliable all through his sourjourn in the world of professional football. A six-foot-plus figure, Vlaar’s imposing size gives him the ability to shroud attackers into his web while his reading of the game is as keen as that which has made Per Metersacker a fan favorite at the Emirates. By comparison with the German, he is a little quicker and may be presumed to possess a better passing ability.
In essence, we need players who will provide competition and a little variety to the options currently available to us and given the modern requirement of adjusting tactics to opponents, we could find Vlaar more useful in certain games than Kos or Per. If we had all three, Vlaar would be the best suited to play the co-ordinating role in a 3-5-2 system as we saw in the World Cup.
Villa may now have realized they could actually replace Vlaar with someone younger, and so are looking to get a good reward from him. The price could still be haggled downwards, Wenger is good at that.
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