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Chelsea and Arsenal show interest in Douglas Luiz, but Aston Villa will try to fend off the Premier League duo by offering the midfielder a new contract – while Atletico Madrid are also in the mix
- Aston Villa hopes to keep Douglas Luiz at the club this season and beyond
- However, the Brazilian midfielder only has a one-year contract with Villa Park
- Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham are all interested from the top flight
- Atletico Madrid may be able to tempt Villa Park outfit with £20m bid
Aston Villa hopes to convince Douglas Luiz to stay with the club by offering the midfielder a new contract.
Luiz’s current contract expires next summer and clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are assessing his situation ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
Atlético could be tempted to test Villa’s determination with a £20m bid before the close of the transfer window, but even if the West Midlands side decides to sell they are likely to reject the offer in favor of a higher fee .
Douglas Luiz enters the final year of his contract with Aston Villa, which may offer a new deal
Boss Steven Gerrard, however, would rather try to stick with the midfielder, who has also sparked interest from Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Luiz is likely to weigh his options with the temptation to move to a potential European side.
Gerrard’s side have had a bad start to the season, having won just once and losing the other three games as far as visiting the Gunners on Wednesday night.
The defensive midfielder has only started one game this season, in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham, while playing just 25 minutes in defeats to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
The midfielder has been an important part of Villa .’s midfield for the past three years
Steven Gerrard’s squad has had a rough start to the new Premier League campaign
However, he has played a key role in the Villa squad since coming over from Manchester City in 2019, scoring six goals and providing eight assists from a deep role in 115 games across all competitions.
While Villa faces a tough test at Arsenal, who top the league table after a perfect start to the season, the pressure will be on Gerrard and his side.
Villa was booed in West Ham’s home defeat and it follows a turbulent summer when Tyrone Mings was stripped of his captaincy and new arrival Diego Carlos tore his Achilles tendon in the win over Everton.