Reported £15m Aston Villa target Douglas Luiz posts intriguing Instagram update

Aston Villa manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Shrewsbury Town and Aston Villa at Montgomery Waters Meadow on July 21, 2019 in Shrewsbury, England.

Aston Villa are reportedly keen to sign Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz (39) handles the ball during an International Champions Cup match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund on July 20, 2018 at Soldier Field in...

Aston Villa’s pursuit of Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz is a very modern transfer saga, played out on social media for all the world to see with a hint here and a cryptic post there.

Nothing has been publicly agreed yet though according to The Mirror (23 July, page 50), the Brazilian youngster is set to become Villa’s latest summer signing in the next few days for a fee of £15 million.

A week ago, Luiz posted a photo of himself in Minnesota and published it on his official Instagram page. It is surely no coincidence that Aston Villa were also present in ‘The Gopher State’ at exactly the same time, playing in a friendly against Minnesota United.

 

And while it’s always a good idea to be wary about reading too much into a footballer’s social media activity, the fact that he appears to be training on his own certainly sets the mind racing.

After all, if he was going to be part of Manchester City's first-team squad next season you'd imagine that he would have spent the last few days out in China for the Premier League Cup fixtures against West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

DG Douglas Instagram Story

Only time will tell, however, whether Luiz is worth the wait. A skilful yet combative defensive midfielder, the 21-year-old should represent a substantial upgrade on Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.

There’s a reason City boss Pep Guardiola rates him so highly. And the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is hardly a bad judge of character.

Douglas Luiz of Girona FC looks on during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Girona FC at Abanca-Balaídos on April 20, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

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