Aston Villa are close to signing Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz, according to a report.

The Telegraph have claimed that Villa will pay £15 million for the 21-year-old, who has failed to make a single senior appearance for City because of visa permit issues.

It is said that the Brazilian will complete a move to the Midlands in these coming days and City have inserted a buy-back clause in his contract.

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There’s no doubt that this has come out of the blue from Villa’s perspective, but his potential signing shouldn’t be a surprise when you look at Luiz’s profile.

He is a young, hungry defensive-minded player, who fits Dean Smit’s philosophy – the fact that a manager like Pep Guardiola has purchased him, and City have seemingly inserted a buy-back clause in his contract now he could sign for Villa, says a lot.

Nonetheless, if Luiz does put pen-to-paper then he will be a much-needed addition to the Villa squad because they desperately need a player who can sit in front of the defence.

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At this moment in time, there is no specialist player that can fill that role because following Villa’s promotion to the Premier League, they parted ways with Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.

It has left a gap to be filled, and it seems as though Smith has opted for a City player that was on loan at Spanish top-tier side Girona last season.

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