Once it was Christian Benteke that was the main Aston Villa player that was the subject of daily transfer speculation, but now Villa captain Ron Vlaar after a decent World Cup with the Dutch national team has taken his mantle.
We’ve already discussed the possibility of Villa’s main centre-back moving on due to the circumstances he finds himself in, but the reason he would move away isn’t for what the likes of Southampton or QPR would offer him.
Sky Bet currently makes the Saints strong favourites at 6/4 to enlist the services of the Dutchman.
Ron Vlaar Transfer Odds
But why would he go there?
The only thing Southampton could offer him would be a big pay-rise and a long-term contract, but at the same time, they would have to offer over-the-odds money in terms of a transfer fee to Villa too. Vlaar would be moving to a smaller club than the one he is currently captain of and that has just sold off its best players who made up the nucleus of its team last season.
Vlaar currently has the best chance he’ll ever have of obtaining a dream move, he’s also at the age (29) where if he did move, it would be a move to fulfill any dreams he had as a player – to win trophies, to play in the European Champions League.
Lets not forget that Sky Bet does at times work in cahoots with Sky Sports News to alter the market and tempt punters into bets. This is not some cynical conspiracy theory but has been proven over the years. Take anything you hear/read from them with a pinch of salt.
Yes, Vlaar has one year left of his contract and put himself in the shop window with impressive displays, especially against Messi and Argentina, but he’ll hope for a better class of suitor for his talents. The Saints? I just don’t see it – if a) he has any footballing ambition and b) Lerner has any remaining backbone.
If I was making any Southampton-related bet, it would be on their relegation, as Ronald Koeman has to largely knit together a team from scratch and he also has zero experience as a Premier League manager. UTV