Douglas Luiz has been nothing short of a revelation at Aston Villa since his move in the summer of 2019.
The 22-year-old became Villa’s 10th summer signing following promotion to the Premier League when he joined from Manchester City in a reported £15million deal.
It took a while for Douglas to acclimatise to Premier League first-team action, largely impressing in flashes but also showing inconsistency.
However, he is now one of the first names on Dean Smith’s team sheet and a fan favourite in claret and blue, with 57 competitive appearances under his belt so far.
That said, there is one thing that has been playing on Villa fans’ minds for a while about Douglas’ future – the buy-back clause Man City inserted in the deal.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Pep Guardiola sanctioned the transfer knowing he’d struggle to obtain a work permit for the player as he was unable to guarantee him enough game time for one.
And given how well he’s been doing, the prospect of Man City coming back for him doesn’t exactly appear unlikely, and The Athletic spoke of the buy-back option – should City wish to trigger – expiring on June 5 and being set at £27.5 million.
However, the Birmingham Mail reported that their colleagues at the Manchester Evening News don’t expect City to be back in for Douglas this summer – something which, if it definitely turned out to be the case, would be a huge boost for the Villans.
Obviously at this stage it’s still just speculation and it remains to be seen what actually happens in the summer, but based on that report, Villa fans should certainly be able to breathe a little easier with regards to the Brazilian’s future in claret and blue.