Aston Villa will have to double Ron Vlaar’s wages in order to keep him at the club, according to a report from the Daily Star.
Vlaar, 29, has entered the final season of his Villa contract, but the two sides are till to enter serious negotiations over a new deal.
The Dutch centre-back is not among the high earners at Villa Park and, after his starring performances at the World Cup, even a potential offer of £50,000-per-week might not be enough to keep him in the midlands.
With Manchester United on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal remains keen to reunite with him as soon as the winter transfer window in order to beat off rival interest, and Villa could be forced to accept a £4 million bid rather than allow him to leave for nothing in the summer if planned talks fail to progress over the coming months.
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Having taken on the club captaincy just months after arriving from Feyenoord in August 2012, Vlaar’s veteran leadership has been vital to Paul Lambert’s side during the past two relegation-threatened campaigns, but the £3.25 million man has been missed over the last four games after picking up a calf strain in late-August.
Villa managed to fend off summer interest in their skipper from the likes of United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus Lazio and Roma, but the battle to keep him in claret and blue appears far from over.