What Douglas Luiz said as Aston Villa prepares contract offer to push back Man City and Arsenal


Douglas Luiz played an important role in Aston Villa’s debut season in the Premier League. The Brazilian made 35 of Villa’s 38 league appearances as he beat the scoreline after making a £ 15million transfer from Manchester City last summer.

However, this astonishing end to the season has led to speculation linking him to a quick exit from B6. Not only has his previous club been linked, but there has also been interest from Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.

So what do we know so far? We bring you all the latest information below.

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Man City buyout clause

Man City inserted a buyout clause in the £ 15million deal that brought Luiz to Aston Villa.

While the exact amount it would cost to bring him back to Manchester is unclear, it has been reported that it will cost more if City waited until next summer to exercise the option.

Work permit issues limited City’s options with Luiz, prompting Pep Guardiola to send the midfielder on loan to Girona for two years.

But his relative seniority at Villa, at least relative to his status at Etihad Stadium, allowed him to get a work permit on appeal.

Now that Guardiola has seen what Luiz can do in the Premier League, he might be more tempted to return for a player signed early in his tenure, especially at a time when David Silva leaves and Fernandinho’s contract expires. in 2021 threaten to leave the manager. looking for new blood in the middle of the park.

In fact, reports emerging from Brazil suggested Guardiola was ready to trigger the £ 25million clause, following their Champions League horror show against Lyon.

Contract offer

However, just hours after GloboEsporte suggested he may be on his way back to City, the Telegraph reported that he had no intention of bringing him back to the Etihad.

It has also been claimed that Villa may be looking to offer the Brazil international a new long-term deal, with Smith hoping to build his squad around him.

Arsenal link

Arsenal were also presented as a potential destination, 90 minutes in July.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta worked with Luiz during his four years at Manchester and hopes to use his connections at Eastlands to get to the front of the line for his signing, the report says.

The report reads: “Sources said at 90 minutes the Gunners set him as a target, with coach Mikel Arteta remaining a longtime admirer of the defensive midfielder from his time at Manchester.

“Arteta is hopeful that his relationship with Etihad, stemming from his four-year tenure as Guardiola’s assistant, can benefit the Gunners in their negotiations, as they look to strengthen their squad on a limited budget for next season. ”

What Luiz said

Speaking in December about his future, Luiz said: “In a short time with Pep (Guardiola) I learned a lot. I came to England with a very closed mind when it comes to tactical awareness, but he taught me.

“I have a four-year contract at Villa and Manchester City have the option to buy me back, but Villa has opened the door for me to play in the Premier League. It was always Manchester City’s wish to see me play in this area. country so that they are happy. ”

He recently added: “I have been taking English lessons since I came here, but it was difficult to concentrate at the start with all the games.

“During my quarantine I was able to study more of the aspects that I found most difficult, and I feel it shows on the pitch. “


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