Battling relegation with Aston Villa next season seems distant for World Cup hero Ron Vlaar as a number of top clubs chase his signature, reports the Daily Mirror.
Reports claimed last week that the Dutchman is wanted by Manchester United but the Italians are now weighing up a bid for the 29-year-old, who is out of contract next summer.
Vlaar was a key man for Holland at the World Cup, along with Manchester United target Arjen Robben and the defender's performances seem to have made him a top priority for many teams. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is desperate for the 29-year-old to stay, but with the likes of Manchester United and Roma in for him services, it is hard to see him wanting to stay.
Vlaar really did live up to his nickname 'Roncrete' at the World Cup, he stopped fantastic opposition from even getting a sniff at his goal. Players like Andres Iniesta, Diego Costa and Lionel Messi had no answers against the Netherlands back-line and clubs are hoping the Dutchman can carry on his form into next season.
The only downside to his performances was the penalty miss against Argentina which many are now saying actually went in. Nevertheless he was confident enough to take a penalty unlike two unnamed usual penalty takers did'didn't step up for a spot-kick.
The Italians are prepared to offer Vlaar a three-year contract, and believe he could be tempted to join them.
It looks to me that speculation of current Roma defender Mehdi Benatia may be true as a number of clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all hopeful suitors for the Moroccan defender.
I fear for Aston Villa is to depart from the club, last campaign The Claret and Blue finished in 15th place, only 5-points ahead of the drop. If Vlaar is to move on and Paul Lambert cannot find a suitable replacement for the Dutchman then Villa could fins it very hard to survive the drop next time round.
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