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According to The Athletic, Pep Guardiola contacted the Home Office in an attempt to land Douglas Luiz a work permit ahead of the 2018/19 season.

As you may know, the Citizens signed the Brazil international from Vasco da Gama in 2017 for £10.7 million, but simply couldn’t get him a work permit.

In an attempt to get him one, Guardiola sent videos of the midfield maestro to the Home Office to show how Luiz would be imperative to his side in years to come.

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However, the attempt failed.

Eventually, Luiz joined Aston Villa for £15 million in 2019, where the Villans successfully managed to get him a work permit.

How? Well, his significant transfer fee when moving to Villa Park played a part.

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Additionally, Villa were able to offer him regular game-time, making him an important member of the squad as the Manchester Evening News state.

The Brazilian is currently thriving under Dean Smith in a Villa side who have excelled so far this season.

While Guardiola’s desperate message to the Home Office failed, the Spaniard’s actions emphasise just how much potential Luiz has.

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Despite Manchester City’s vast riches and pull factor, the ex-Barcelona boss had his heart set on Luiz eventually becoming a regular under him, instead of going out to sign a ready-made, world-class option.

Villa are currently reaping the benefits.

However, they must be wary, as Manchester City hold a buyback option which they have until June 5th to activate, with the fee possibly reaching as high as £27.5 million.