The newspaper reported that the four-time Premier League winners are considering a move for the Brazilian who they sold to Villa for £15m in July 2019, potentially activating the £25m buy-back clause included in that deal.
The Brazil international joined Villa from the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2019 and scored three times in 36 top-flight games to help Dean Smith’s side narrowly beat the drop last term.
An impressive start to this season has further enhanced the 22-year-old’s reputation and earned him recognition from the Brazilian national side, playing in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela.
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Losing a player of Luiz’s quality could be catastrophic for Villa and Smith. The 23-year-old has proven to be a key player over the last 12 months, carving out a regular place in their starting line-up.
Even though Villa could make a £10m profit on him if the Daily Star‘s report comes to fruition, they may be hard pressed to replace him with a player of similar quality for that amount.