Manager claims Aston Villa star will only cost £ 17million after Man City move
Aston Villa entered the summer transfer window with Douglas Luiz’s future in jeopardy amid Manchester City’s option to buy the midfielder.
Douglas joined Villa in a £ 15million transfer from City after Dean Smith’s side were promoted to the Premier League in 2019.
The Brazil international signed for Pep Guardiola’s side in 2017 but was unable to play for the club having been denied a work permit by the Interior Ministry.
He spent two seasons on loan at Spanish club Girona before joining Villa on a four-year contract.
Etihad bosses have insisted that a buyout clause was included in the deal that would allow them to bring him back to Manchester for a fixed fee, as Douglas was unable to play for City during his time at the club.
It has been widely reported that City – who are interested in Villa captain Jack Grealish – are considering exercising the clause before the summer amid uncertainty over Fernandinho’s future.
But the clause expired in June without the Premier League champions taking action as Fernandinho put pen to paper for a 12-month contract extension.
This ended concerns that Villa might have Douglas ripped off, but interest in the 23-year-old has since emerged from Roma.
Jose Mourinho’s side remain locked in a long-running dispute over Granit Xhaka’s transfer from Arsenal as they are still unable to accept a fee for the Swiss star.
Douglas is seen as an alternative to Xhaka and ex-Napoli coach Gianni Di Marzio has urged potential suitors to take a step.
Di Marzio believes the Villa player could be worth a fortune in the years to come – and has claimed he will be available for € 20million (£ 17million).
“Would Douglas Luiz be a good buy? Perfect, I’ll take it right away! He is very strong: he defends well, he has imagination, he is bad. He can do anything, ”Gianni Di Marzio told Radio Marte (via Sport Witness).
“If you take such a footballer, he can be sold for 70-80 million euros in a few years. Now, however, it would cost you twenty million at most.
It’s hard to envision Villa selling Douglas for that sort of fee with the club keen to tie him to a new long-term deal.
He has been a key player for the past two seasons, starting all but six Premier League games last season.