Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United vying for Douglas Luiz

Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United will reportedly compete with Juventus for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz this summer.

According to a report by Calciomercato, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United are interested in Douglas Luiz. The Aston Villa midfield mainstay is also a target for Juventus heading into the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, the West Midlands club will demand around €70 million to part ways with the Brazilian international.

The rise and rise of Douglas Luiz

Douglas Luiz has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world since joining Aston Villa from Manchester City in July 2019. A native of Rio de Janeiro, the 26-year-old graduated from the Vasca da Gama youth division. Manchester City snapped him up in 2017, although he failed to establish a foothold in the first-team squad at the Etihad.

However, Luiz has gone from strength to strength in the last half a decade, becoming a pivotal figure for the West Midlands club. The Brazilian international enjoyed an exceptional 2023/24 campaign with Aston Villa, amassing ten goals and ten assists in 53 appearances across all competitions. Meanwhile, his progress has alerted top clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, and Manchester United.

A man in demand

Luiz has been on Arsenal’s radar for a long time. The Gunners have made previous attempts to sign the former Manchester City midfielder without a move materialising. The continued interest in the Aston Villa mainstay is understandable, as he can be a long-term replacement for Thomas Partey.

As for Liverpool, the Reds are scouring the market for a holding midfielder heading into the summer transfer window. Douglas Luiz has thus emerged as a viable target, although he can also replace Thiago Alcantara at Anfield. Meanwhile, Juventus will likely part ways with Weston McKennie amid his links with Aston Villa.

However, Aston Villa will demand at least €70 million even if they entertain offers for Luiz. The valuation might pose a problem for the Serie A giants, although it should not be an issue for Manchester United and the Premier League suitors. Speaking of Manchester United, they can sign Luiz to replace Casemiro.

It will be interesting to see if Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, and Manchester United can get Aston Villa to the negotiating table. For now, the four European heavyweights are keen on signing the €70 million-rated Brazilian international.

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