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Manchester City could activate a buyback clause inserted into the deal that saw Douglas Luiz join Aston Villa in 2019, according to reports. Luiz joined City in 2017 but failed to make an appearance before leaving for Villa.
The defensive midfielder was part of a big-spending summer following the Villan’s promotion to the Premier League.
He has become an important player for Dean Smith’s side over the last two years, with an early European push at the start of the season fizzling out.
Luiz also helped Villa dramatically remain in the top-flight during his maiden campaign. A final day draw with West Ham confirmed their safety after a tumultuous relegation battle.
The Brazilian made 42 appearances in all competitions during his first year at Villa, having completed a £15million move from City in the summer.
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He then played 34 times this season as Villa finished 11th.
Four senior Brazil caps have followed the first he earned while playing for Girona in 2019, which have been reward for his impressive work in the Villa midfield.
And his form has not gone unnoticed. His former side are apparently willing to activate the £25m buyback clause inserted into the deal he signed at Villa in 2019, according to 90min.
Luiz was a City player for two years but failed to make an appearance as he did not have a work permit.
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Instead, he spent that time on loan at their affiliate club Girona, who are owned by City Football Group.
He made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish side, who now play in the second tier.
The £15m fee that Villa paid City meant that Luiz qualified for a work permit and was therefore allowed to play in the Premier League.
City boss Pep Guardiola remained a keen admirer and is reportedly willing to bring Luiz back to the Etihad Stadium.
Veteran midfielder Fernandinho recently turned 36 and Guardiola may want a replacement for the City captain.
Luiz would add depth to their midfield, while Rodri remains first choice in the more defensive role.
The Premier League champions are preparing for an expensive summer, despite winning a third top-flight title in four years by 12 points.
Forwards Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez have sensationally been linked with moves away to raise transfer funds, despite being key to their side’s run to the Champions League final.
Sergio Aguero’s departure after a decade may force City into the market for a new striker, with Gabriel Jesus struggling to prove that he can fill the Argentine’s boots. Tottenham forward Harry Kane remains a target.
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