After a club U-turn, sources have told Football Insider that Aston Villa and Douglas Luiz are in advanced discussions to come to an agreement on a new deal.
Earlier this summer, the Midlands giants were prepared to let the 24-year-old international from Brazil leave due to interest from Premier League rivals.
But the club management has changed their strategy as a result of Villa’s inability to sign their top two central midfield targets.
Villa is now negotiating a deal to sign Luiz to a longer and better contract.
The summer of 2023 will mark the end of his current contract.
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That gave rise to rumours that the Brazilian might depart during the current transfer window, as Newcastle United and Arsenal, among others, had shown interest.
Newcastle did make a £30 million offer to Villa earlier this year, but the player preferred to move to London at the time.
After Kalvin Phillips rejected their interest to join Man City and their second top target, Yves Bissouma, signed for Tottenham, reaching a new deal with Luiz has become a priority for Steven Gerrard’s club.
Pep Guardiola has talked highly of a player he described as “smart with the ball, he’s so powerful and so strong” and mentioned that Luiz’s former club Man City had a buy-back clause.
Boubacar Kamara, who joined Villa this summer on a free transfer from Marseille, will face off against Luiz and new captain John McGinn for a position in central midfield.
Last season, Luiz made 35 appearances across all leagues, including 31 starts in the Premier League.
Between December and March, he started 16 straight league games for a Villa team that fell short of expectations.
The former Girona loanee, who reportedly cost Villa £15 million, has appeared 111 times for Villa.