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United consider £12m move for centre-back

Ron-Vlaar-523646Manchester United might have to pay as much as £12m to sign Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar in January.

According to ESPN, Villa will accept the probability of losing their centre-half but Paul Lambert will only allow his club captain to leave if Villa’s financial demands are met.

Vlaar’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, though United could be forced into action as early as January, given their lack options at centre-back.

Louis Van Gaal has a good relationship with the 29-year-old and the United could manager could use his influence on Vlaar, who was an integral part of Holland’s back three at the World Cup and is thought to be keen to work under Van Gaal, to lure the Dutch international to Old Trafford.

Vlaar might not have been the first name on United’s shopping list this summer, nor is he considered to be on the same level with the likes of Mats Hummels or Thiago Silva, though his Premier League experience and no-nonsense approach would bolster Van Gaal’s options.

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