Robbie Savage: Manchester United-linked Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is not top-four material

Ron Vlaar

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has been linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Robbie Savage has told BT Sport that Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is not good enough for a top-four club in the Premier League.

The former Derby County and Leicester City midfielder made the comments during BT Sport’s build-up to Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final tie between Villa and Liverpool at London’s Wembley Stadium.

“He (Vlaar) is a decent player,” Savage told BT Sport. “He had a good World Cup, but is he top level?

"He has been linked with a few clubs and it looks like he might leave at the end of the season. Could he get into the top four or five clubs? I am not so sure.”

Vlaar has been on the books of Villa since 2012, and his performances have attracted the attention of Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

The Netherlands international centre-back’s current contract with Villa runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.

While many Premier League football followers will disagree with Savage, one needs to consider the age of Vlaar.

Although the Dutchman remains an accomplished central defender, he is 30 years of age and may not suit a team like United.

After all, teams in the top four of the Premier League will probably be looking for established and young(er) defenders in the summer.

While Vlaar has shown that he is of Premier League quality, his age could be a deterrent.

However, one factor that could play favourably in top English clubs making a move for the Dutchman is that he will cost no transfer fee, as he will be a free agent in the summer transfer window.

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