ASTON VILLA are close to sealing the transfer of highly-rated Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz – but what will he add to the Premier League newcomers?
Aston Villa have agreed a £15m deal with Manchester City for Luiz, the current Brazil Under-23 captain.
Midfielder Luiz, 21, has been on loan at Girona for the past two seasons and gained rave reviews but has never played for City.
Villa believe he will be granted a work permit despite being denied one at the start of last season.
Luiz would arrive on the strong recommendation of Villa sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch.
But he is also highly recommended by City boss Pep Guardiola, who fought to get him the work permit when he signed.
As much as Guardiola rated Luiz, the former Vasco da Gama star would not have been a first-team regular at the Etihad barring injuries.
At Villa, Luiz will be coming in as one of their most expensive transfers and the club are confident that they will be able to prove his importance to their team – especially with game time.
Best utilised in central midfield, Luiz can play in an attacking or defensive role.
“Villa think £15m is an absolute snip. It would be a big one”
Sky Sports man Rob Dorsett
Sky Sports Midlands football expert Rob Dorsett has spoken about the deal and thinks Luiz would be a fantastic acquisition for Villa.
“A lot of Premier League fans, let alone City fans, will remember the excitement when they bought him in two years ago,” he told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“Pep was very vocal against the UK Home Office when he was denied a work permit.
“Even though he has drifted away from consciousness, he has impressed an awful lot of people in La Liga on loan at Girona.
“Villa think £15m is an absolute snip. It would be a big one.”
With just under four weeks of the transfer window remaining, Villa have already spent close to £100m on new players.
This is more than any other side so far and equates to around a sixth of all Premier League spending.
Fans will be hoping that the new acquisitions will be of the calibre to help the club remain in the top flight.