Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would be willing to sell vice-captain Darren Fletcher in January if the right club comes in with an offer than meets the Red Devils’ valuation of the Scottish midfielder.
Aston Villa are reportedly keen to sign the 30-year-old, according to the Daily Star, who cite reports as stating that Van Gaal would consider offloading the out-of-favour central midfielder providing the deal suits all parties.
Villa boss Paul Lambert is reportedly keen to add the experienced Scot to his squad for the second half of the season, but it’s unclear whether Fletcher would consider leaving Manchester United midway through the season.
Fletcher fails to convince Van Gaal
Fletcher joined the Red Devils in 1995, at the age of 11, and will be desperate to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford.
However, the Scot has failed to convince Van Gaal that he has the quality to hold down a place in Manchester United’s first team. He started the club’s first three Premier League matches of this season, but since late August has played just 53 minutes of first-team football.
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Recovery from illness
That Fletcher is still playing for Manchester United, though, is a real achievement in itself. A debilitating illness almost finished his career, but he bounced back to make a remarkable 18 appearances under David Moyes last season.
An influential and popular member of the Old Trafford dressing room, Van Gaal would prefer to keep Fletcher thanks to his human qualities and understanding of football. He appears to have a bright future ahead of him in the sport as a coach.
However, it seems Fletcher’s spell as a Manchester United player is coming to an end - and Aston Villa could be his next destination.
Villa already have Tom Cleverley at the club, but the on-loan Manchester United midfielder has not made the impact Lambert was hoping for when he secured his services at the end of the summer transfer window.
Villa are currently 11th in the Premier League table, six points away from the relegation zone, and will be keen to bolster their squad next month to ensure they are not dragged into trouble come the latter months of the campaign.