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Aston Villa sign 'outstanding' Brazilian midfielder from Manchester City

Villa’s close-season recruitment drive has hit double figures with the capture of 21-year-old Douglas Luiz.

Douglas Luiz moves to Aston Villa from Manchester City.
Douglas Luiz moves to Aston Villa from Manchester City.
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ASTON VILLA HAVE signed Douglas Luiz from Manchester City for a reported fee of £15million (€16.8m).

The 21-year-old midfielder’s move is subject to the provision of a work permit, something that prevented him from making a single competitive appearance for Premier League champions City.

Newly promoted Villa, however, are said to be confident authorities will approve their application.

A Brazil youth international, Luiz spent the past two seasons on loan at Spanish side Girona, featuring 38 times in La Liga.

Villa boss Dean Smith said: “Douglas is an extremely talented young player with an outstanding pedigree who I am sure will fit nicely into our style and system of play.”

The former Vasco da Gama player becomes Villa’s 10th signing of the close season.

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