Ron Vlaar has told Aston Villa they will have to double his current salary to convince him out of Manchester United clutches, reports the Daily Star.
Louis van Gaal is believed to be at the front of the queue for the centre-back while a number of other clubs, such as Arsenal, have also credited with an interest. With Vlaar's contract set to expire in the summer, Aston Villa are trying desperately to tie him down to a new deal.
As captain of Aston Villa, manager Paul Lambert has told the club to do as much as they can to tie Vlaar down to a new deal. However, even their £50,000-a-week package is unlikely to be enough for the Dutchman.
If Vlaar refuses to sign a new contract, Lambert will be forced to decide to sell him in January or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
World Cup show
Vlaar had been generally respected as a good defender after joining Aston Villa from Feyenoord in 2012, but his performances at the World Cup forced larger clubs to take notice.
Van Gaal, who was the head coach of the Netherlands when Vlaar was staring at centre-back, sees the 29-year-old as an excellent squad addition. If he fails to agree a new contract, he could be as cheap as £4 million in the January transfer window.
United & Arsenal battle
While Manchester United are firm favourites thanks to Van Gaal's connection to Vlaar, Arsenal could provide stern competition. The Gunners should have Champions League football on offer after the new year while United would not.
Manchester United have Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans while Tyler Blackett has also emerged from the youth system. Vlaar would provide competition and experience, but only if Van Gaal continues to use three central defenders at the back.
Arsenal have just three available centre-backs at the moment, and one, Calum Chambers, is currently filling in at right-back for long-term absentee Mathieu Debuchy. Another injury to either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny will leave Arsene Wenger with no choice but to field a youth team player.
Neither club could promise Vlaar much first team football as both have firm first choice partnerships at the back already. What Vlaar has to decide is whether he wants one final pay day at the expense of playing less football or the chance to lead Aston Villa up the Premier League table under Lambert.
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