Report: Aston Villa could launch bid to sign 'strong' midfielder in January, with plans already being made
Without an adequate replacement for Luiz, Steven’s Gerrard side were never going to let him go.
However, Villa could still bid for Kondogbia in January, as he’s not currently guaranteed minutes at Atletico.
Diego Simeone has started Kondogbia just once this season, and Villa could tempt him away with the promise of first-team football.
Villa could bid for Kondogbia in January
Aston Villa may have to consider another approach for Kondogbia, as Luiz may still push to leave.
The Brazilian’s camp made it clear they were pushing for a move to Arsenal in the final hours of the transfer window.
Steven Gerrard has since had conversations with Luiz to focus his mind on the task at hand.
He started the following match against Manchester City, helping his side earn an impressive draw.
The Central African Republic international is a defensive rock in midfield.
He focuses almost exclusively on interrupting opposition attacks, reading passes to make interceptions or by putting a foot in.
He’s also useful in the air, and could benefit from one of Luiz’s exceptional set piece deliveries.
Based on his attributes, Villa could bid for Kondogbia in January regardless of whether Luiz leaves the club.
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