An “underrated” Villa Park hero is reportedly being pursued by one of the greatest teams in Europe, according to a concerning update on Aston Villa’s departure.
News about Aston Villa transfers
If Unai Emery feels it’s a good chance to bolster his alternatives, the Villans have the money from NSWE to make fresh recruits during the January transfer window. Celtic star Matt O’Riley is one player that has been linked to Villa. The Danish international has had a fantastic season for the Scottish Premiership team so far, tallying five assists and nine goals in the league.
He is by no means the only Villans target, though, as Nahuel Molina of Atletico Madrid is also one who has received support to become a part of the Emery revolution at the team. Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United is another possible choice; the Dutchman is thought to be able to provide the team additional offensive punch.
However, there are other players who Villa will be anxious to hang onto because they will be important players for years to come. A worrying update has emerged about one player who unmistakably fits into that category.
Douglas Luiz is wanted by Barcelona
A front-page news report from the Spanish publication Sport [via Sport Witness] claims that Barcelona is hoping to “make a massive investment” in Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz in 2024.
Deco, Barca’s sporting director, believes that the Brazilian, who is having a fantastic season for Villa, would be the perfect addition to the team to improve their midfield. The former Chelsea player has actually traveled to watch Luiz play on several occasions, including earlier this month when he led his team to an impressive 1-0 victory over the highly anticipated Gunners.
Monchi may ask for up to €100 million (£86.9 million) in exchange for the midfield player’s services, according to the source, but Barca doesn’t appear to be concerned because they believe they will have the money to sign Luiz in the summer.
Given how important Luiz has grown to be in midfield, anchoring it so brilliantly and developing a fantastic rapport with Boubacar Kamara, losing him would be a huge blow for Emery and the Villa faithful. Paul Merson has recently praised him, referring to him as “one of the most underrated players in the league.”
Even while Barcelona may not have the same allure as they had when Pep Guardiola led them to prominence, many players, particularly Brazilians, are still drawn to the team because of the legendary players that have played for them in the past. Because of this, it is easy to envision Luiz’s mind being changed by a transfer to Camp Nou; but, the aim is that he finds enough at Villa to stay there for the foreseeable future.