Lambert Rules Out Manchester United Transfer For Vlaar
Manchester United transfer target Ron Vlaar won’t be leaving Aston Villa in January, the Midlands’ side’s boss Paul Lambert says. Vlaar, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season and has so far stalled over signing a new deal.
But Lambert has decided to run the risk of the Netherlands international and midfielder Fabian Delph, whose contract also expires next summer, moving for nothing at the end of the season.
“The way January works, if someone is worth something you may well as well put another 15 zeros on the end of it. The price gets inflated,” said Lambert.
“Even if anybody came in, you would never let them go cheap or anything like that. Would any amount of money tempt me? No. They’ll not go anywhere in January. It’s my say.”
Manchester United have been linked with bids for Vlaar worth anything between £4million and £12million in the winter window as they look to bolster their defence. That’s despite his age – he turns 30 in February – meaning he would have little or no re-sale value at the end of a four- or five-year deal with United.
It’s also despite United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stating that the club weren’t looking to make any signings in January.
Falcao Must Prove His Worth
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Radamel Falcao will have to earn his permanent move to Old Trafford.
The Colombia international has had a disappointing start to life at Old Trafford with just one goal to his name in three Premier League starts and five appearances off the substitutes’ bench. That compares with two goals in one start and two substitute appearances for Monaco at the start of the season immediately prior to his move to Manchester United.
United have an option to purchase Falcao on payment of a £43.5million fee next summer but van Gaal says it is too early to tell whether or not that option will be exercised.
“He hasn’t played so much,” said van Gaal on Friday although he hinted he may be in the line-up for the match at Aston Villa later today. “You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn’t train so much.
Falcao has spent some time sidelined with a calf injury since his arrival at Old Trafford and he was still said to be recovering from the cruciate knee ligament injury that ended last season for him at the end of January.
“He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit. Now he shows fitness in the training session so maybe I shall select him, maybe for the bench or the line-up. Let’s wait and see.”
Falcao saw young striker James Wilson chosen ahead of him for last week’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool.