“Would any amount of money tempt me? No. They’ll not go anywhere in January. It’s my say” was the answer that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert gave to the question posed about whether he would allow Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph leave the club this winter.
Both have been playing consistently well over the last year and Ron Vlaar has been regularly linked to Manchester United as a possible option to shore up a dithering defence.
At 29 Vlaar’s stock is high. He gave an unexpectedly superb showing in The World Cup as Holland clawed their way to the semi-finals in Brazil. And he has shown Manchester United and other possible suitors that he can bring composure and culture to defences, even against top opponents.
But it’s highly debatable whether Manchester United would be prepared to bring in a player who possibly wouldn’t be the long-term target that Manchester United’s Ed Woodward was talking about recently in relation to further player invesmtent. Ahead of the January window he said:
“We are not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes.”
However Vlaar is perceived at Manchester United he might be a useful addition to a side which lacks a proven and accomplished leader at the back. Phil Jones could become that man but, at 22, he needs to stay fitter for longer spells. Meanwhile Jonny Evans, who some expected to become the next defensive stalwart for Manchester United, has been underwhelming under Louis.
So the case of Vlaar is an interesting one. If Manchester United can’t get a player of the calibre of Mats Hummels this winter then they may just take a punt on the Dutchman.
Let’s see Vlaar in action. Manchester United fans: keen?