Douglas Luiz was sold to Aston Villa by Manchester City but the Cityzens are now eager to bring him back to the club. Club legend and veteran, Fernandinho is tipped with a move away from the club at the end of this season as his contract expires in June. Fernandinho will walk out as a free agent and the former Premier League champions need someone to fill his shoes. While the midfield battery looks sorted with the presence of Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, and Rodri, the departure of Fernandinho will surely leave a big hole. As per Caught Offside, Manchester City are eager to bring back Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa by exercising the buy-back clause worth £27.5 million and it is believed that the Sky Blues have until June to make a final decision.
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The former Premier League champions have also been linked with Italian and Sassuolo sensation Manuel Locatelli. The 23-year-old is one of the best holding midfielders in the world at the moment and he has got all the right boxes ticked to progress as a player.
The 23-year-old has already broken into the Italian National Team and Cityzens are said to be keeping a watch on him as well, as per Fabrizio Romano.
The Sky Blues, however, are only observing Locatelli and are yet to decide on him as their primary target. It is believed that Sassuolo will demand a sum in the range of £40 million for Locatelli, should a formal approach be made. Manchester City have been linked with several big names in recent times. Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Romelu Lukaku are at the pinnacle of the list.
City manager Pep Guardiola has made it clear that the club is not looking to sign any new players this January and will continue on with the existing crop of players until the end of the season. So effectively, the former Premier League champions are going to be inactive until the summer window, and signings in January seem to be a long way off.