Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor believes club captain Ron Vlaar is more than good enough to play for Manchester United, but hopes that the team can somehow hold on to the coveted centre-back.
Starring in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side which achieved a third-place finish at the World Cup, Vlaar has been linked to the likes of Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Juventus and Roma this summer, with speculation also rife that he could link up with his former national team boss at United.
Entering the final season of his contract, Villa’s current financial situation, as want-away owner Randy Lerner continues to search for potential buyers, means a significant offer for the 29-year-old could well prove tough to turn down, but Taylor remains hopeful that they can convince him to stay.
‘He’s definitely shown on the world stage that he’s more than good enough. They were a good Dutch team so, going to a good Manchester United team, I’m sure he’d settle in,’ he told Sky Sports News Radio.
‘Obviously, though, as a Villa fan, I don’t want him to do that. I’d love him to sign a new deal but, from a player’s perspective, he’s in a great position and we’re not.'
‘So do well cash in on him or ask him to stay? It’s a big ask to persuade him to stay, but you never know. He’s settled, his family’s settled, and so he might want to stay.’
Having taken on the captaincy just months after his arrival from Feyenoord in August 2012, Vlaar’s veteran leadership has been vital to Paul Lambert’s thin and inexperienced squad over the past two seasons, as the sole dependable performer on an otherwise unreliable defence.
However, with the financial-stricken club desperate for extra funds to prevent a fourth consecutive relegation-threatened campaign, and United looking to replace the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, reported interest could well evolve into something more significant in the coming weeks.