Feyenoord website reporting Vlaar deal done
It’s turned out to be a bit of a busy day. First came the Lerner news, and now we’re hearing that previous link Ron Vlaar is on the verge of completing his move to the Villa.
I’ve checked the Feyenoord website and after a while (guess plenty were doing the same!) came across the following article. Here is the google translation of the key bits:
“Ron Vlaar still makes the move to Aston Villa. The defender on Friday reached an agreement with the club from the Premier League for a three year contract. He will be medically examined Monday in Birmingham. Aston Villa is ready to limited lump sum in the contract of Vlaar was to pay. Vlaar Sunday was not traveling with them to Kiev and Feyenoord is not employable in the away game in the third qualifying round of the Champions League against Dinamo Kiev. He trains Saturday and Sunday even more with the selection.
It was known to us that after seven years Ron Feyenoord had put his sights on a move abroad, in this case a famous club in the Premier League ‘, says technical director Martin van Geel. “Because of the capricious behavior of Aston Villa was generally known that Vlaar a limited compensation in his contract had stood. Now Ron has reached an agreement with Aston Villa, the club has also confirmed that they respond to what we want to come up to ask him. Business wise, we have it so when down.”
So looking like it’s getting close to being confirmed, and I’m delighted at the news. We need a new central defender, and with the signings of Lowton and potentially Cresswell, we could see a whole new back four at the Villa from last year, with Vlaar potentially partnering Ciaran Clark in the middle.
Just adding a bit more, and I’m guessing that the ‘limited compensation in his contract had stood’ basically equals a minimum fee clause, with numerous reports suggest around £3 million. If that proves to be the case, then that is a very good deal on our part.
Also saw this line further down the report:
“The conduct of Aston Villa has recently caused much unrest. In addition, the time in view of our next match is not favorable. In that respect we have preferred that this transfer was a week earlier came around.”
There does seem to have been a bit of aggro, but as we mentioned previously, if the talk of a minimum fee was correct, then there was little Feyenoord could do were we to come in with a bid that matched the amount. I understand their annoyance, but it was quite clear we’ve been in America, so I don’t understand how they can complain that much, I’m sure it was communicated as such.
Anyway it looks like the deal has been agreed, and hopefully soon it’s confirmed by all parties.
Update: The official site have now confirmed it, and subject to a medical Vlaar should be a Villa player next week!
Exciting times ahead!