Liverpool are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
The former CBS Sports reporter claims that the Reds have “discussed” making a move for the ex-Manchester City player but they have not yet decided whether to make a formal approach:
“Douglas Luiz is a name that has been discussed internally by Liverpool. I’m not aware of any movement at this point. I think that it’s crystal clear that Liverpool wants to add between now and the end of the window if the right name becomes available.”
It is believed that the Brazilian could cost as much as £60m, with his current contract still having three years left to run.
Whether the Reds would contemplate buying Luiz for such a price, considering they have baulked at similar valuations for the likes of Khephren Thuram, Joao Palhinha and Cheick Doucoure, we shall have to wait and see.
Luiz was a key target for Arsenal not that long ago
The Gunners made no less than three separate bids for the 25-year-old prior to the summer transfer window closing twelve months ago.
At the time, though, the London club were only prepared to pay up to £25m for Luiz. He subsequently signed a new deal back in October last year and his value has increased significantly since then.
Is Luiz Liverpool’s only midfield target?
As mentioned already, the Merseyside club have looked at plenty of options this summer, but a number of factors have stopped them from signing a high-profile midfielder.
While they have been priced out for some, others have rejected moves and decided to join different clubs instead.
One name that keeps cropping up, though, is Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch. The Reds could still make an approach for the Dutchman or Luiz ahead of the deadline on Friday.