Aston Villa’s De Laet reportedly willing to take pay-cut to join Antwerp

Ritchie De Laet, Marcin Wasilewski and Wes Morgan of Leicester City walk out onto the pitch to warm up prior to kickoff during The Emirates FA Cup third round match between Tottenham...

Ritchie De Laet joined Royal Antwerp on loan from Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

Ritchie De Laet of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa defender Ritchie De Laet is willing to take a pay-cut to make his loan move to Royal Antwerp permanent in the summer transfer window, according to HLN.

De Laet returned to Antwerp in the January transfer window on a loan deal for until the end of the season.

Ritchie De Laet of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Problems

According to HLN, the Belgian club find the transfer fee of securing the services of De Laet on a permanent contract too high.

It has been reported that Antwerp have a buying option of €2 million (£1.75m), but the fee is claimed to be too high for them.

 

Ritchie De Laet of Middlesbrough in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Milton Keynes Dons and Middlesbrough at StadiumMK on February 9, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England.

It has also been reported that De Laet is willing to take a pay-cut from his €1.5m-per-year (£1.31m) salary, but there is still a gap between what the 29-year-old defender wants and what Antwerp are able to pay.

Solution?

De Laet has struggled to make an impact at Villa, and it would be best for the former Stoke City prospect if he leaves the Villans in the summer transfer window - if not for Antwerp, then for another club in England.

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