It’s now or never for Manchester United if Louis van Gaal is keen on signing Ron Vlaar from Aston Villa.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has just admitted he’d love to have the Villa skipper in his team and the Express reports Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino could still be keen despite a recent deal for Eric Dier of Sporting Lisbon.
United haven’t signed a centre-back following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and the lack of experience showed against Swansea City last weekend.
A top quality and experienced addition to the United backline should be a priority for van Gaal and he needs to act now if he wants to sign Vlaar or he could miss out altogether.
The Saints are well backed financially to go after a deal for the Villa defender because of the high profile sales the club has commissioned throughout this summer.
Similarly to United, the south coast club can stress a key place in their defence for Vlaar, offering him the chance to guide the next generation of defensive players at the club in the same way Vlaar could help someone like Tyler Blackett at United.
Spurs can also be competitive financially and unlike their two rivals for the Dutchman, they can stress the benefit of having European football available.
Spurs get their Europa League journey for the season under way this afternoon and if it becomes a slinging match between the three clubs, Vlaar could opt for spurs because of the European angle.
It’s also now or never because time is running out with regards to the transfer window.
The window slams shut on September 1, which means any team looking to do business and buy players is under a great deal of pressure.
The longer United go without moving for Vlaar, if he’s a player they want, the less bargaining room they have against Villa and the two rivals reportedly interested in making sure United don’t get their man.