Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on the £15million signing of Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz, but could the move also see Pep Guardiola help his old friend Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United?
The Telegraph claim Villa are hoping to land Brazil Under-23 international Luiz in the next few days, which will see Villa complete an eighth summer signing after confirming the capture of Ezri Konsa on Thursday.
Luiz has spent the last two seasons on loan at City’s feeder club Girona in Spain, where he has clocked up 46 appearances for the La Liga outfit. It is another sign of Villa’s impressive work in the transfer window.
The former Vasco da Gama midfielder can play in either the number 10 role or as a box-to-box midfielder, but is best known for his role in front of the back four. That is where he played at Girona last season.
Villa need a holding midfielder after losing Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak earlier this summer, with both veteran star’s contracts expiring. It has seen the Midlands side linked heavily with a move for Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips.
But Guardiola could help Bielsa, whom he is said to speak to daily on the phone, by selling Luiz to Villa. With the signing of Luiz, the need for Phillips at the newly-promoted side would decrease.
It means that even if Phillips wanted a move to Villa Park this summer, Dean Smith’s men may not want the Thorp Arch academy product because they have signed a cheaper, younger alternative in Luiz.
Leeds are said to want £30million for Phillips and an agreement is far from being met. If Guardiola sanctions a move for Luiz to Villa, surely Leeds have a bigger chance of keeping Phillips.