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Dean Smith could lose his beloved Douglas Luiz after reports emerged that Serie A heavyweights Juventus were offered the opportunity to sign the Aston Villa midfielder.
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According to TuttoMercatoWEB, Juve are eager to improve the core of Andrea Pirlo’s team at Allianz Stadium, feeling the Italy icon has neglected the engine room this year.
Juventus parted ways with Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi in the summer and is expected to listen to Sami Khedira’s offers in January, but without replacing the underdog trio with players who can bring personality, experience or charisma.
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Top of Sporting Director Fabio Paratici’s shopping list is Sassuolo leader Manuel Locatelli, 22, but a starting price of 40 million euros (£ 36 million) has been deemed too extravagant after the summer negotiations.
Lucas Torreira of Arsenal, currently on loan from Atlético de Madrid, has also been considered but without any enthusiasm, while intermediaries have proposed Luiz as a possible option after impressing with Aston Villa since joining Dean Smith’s team. in 2019.
Although a valuation of 25 million euros (22.5 million pounds sterling) and Manchester City with a buyback clause seem to have generated little interest from the Turin side, which are six points behind the leaders of Serie A , AC Milan, after nine games.
Without specifying who presented Luiz as a possible option to improve Pirlo’s midfield, rumors that the player is being promoted among the European elite should raise concerns in Villa Park that Smith will soon lose a beloved member of his plans.
Luiz has started nine of the Villans’ Premier League games so far this season and opened 28 of 36 appearances last season after a £ 15 million move out of Man City, where the five times Brazil international had never featured in a competitive match.
Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues maintains a buyback clause valued at £ 30 million And he could fondly look at the 22-year-old’s form in Birmingham in the future, though Smith recently noted that he doesn’t fear a rapprochement anytime soon, as he got lyrical about the midfielder’s talent.
“He has done very well for Brazil,” Smith said, via quotes from BirminghamLive. “There has been talk of a buyback option. I am not aware of it, I do not deal with contracts. I deal with the players.
“What I know is that Douglas Luiz loves his time at Aston Villa and is getting better and better. He is also doing very well with Brazil. Let that continue for a long time. Next summer is a long way off for me, we still have 31 games left in the Premier League so I’m concentrating on that. “
Luiz has averaged 4.3 game wins per Premier League game this season, plus 1.2 interceptions, 0.9 successful tackles, 0.9 punts, 36.3 accurate passes and has been credited with one assist, for SofaScore.
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