Aston Villa are willing to sell Douglas Luiz in the summer to pave the way for a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
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That’s according to a report from The Daily Mail, who say that Steven Gerrard is prioritising the signing of a holding midfielder once the transfer window reopens.
Speculation around the future of Phillips has been rife in recent weeks, with Villa among the clubs to have been heavily linked with the England international.
Recent reports from The Times had claimed that Villa are leading the race to sign the Leeds talisman, due to the fact that they are willing to pay the £60million valuation required to sign the 26-year-old.
Now it seems as though Steven Gerrard’s side are ready to let another figure go in the centre of the park, in order to sanction that move.
According to this latest update, Villa are willing to sell Luiz in the summer, with Phillips identified as his replacement, although they are aware of the fact that doing a deal with Leeds will be complicated.
For his part, Luiz has made 102 appearances in all competitions for Villa since joining from Manchester City in 2019, and will be entering the final year of his contract at Villa Park come the summer.
You can understand the approach that Villa are taking here.
Luiz is a very good midfielder, who has proven himself to be a reliable asset for Villa at top-flight level since his arrival at the club.
As a result, you imagine he could fetch them a decent fee, which could then be reinvested into a deal for Phillips once the market reopens.
With both players very similar in style, Villa may not need both in the squad to do the same job either, so their stance here does seem to make a fair amount of sense, though it will be intriguing to see if it comes off.