Friday media watch [12.07.19]: Luiz and Engels linked

July 12, 2019 9:41 am

Daily Telegraph: Aston Villa are poised to make another huge statement of intent with the £15m signing of Manchester City’s Douglas Luiz. Villa are closing in on the capture of the Brazilian central midfielder after agreeing a fee with the Premier League champions, as Dean Smith moves to further strengthen his squad.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa have agreed a £15m deal with Manchester City for Brazil U23 captain Douglas Luiz – and hope to complete a £7m move for Reims’ Belgium U21 defender Bjorn Engels. Midfielder Luiz, 21, has been on loan at Girona for the past two seasons and has never played for City.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa are close to a £15m deal to sign Manchester City’s 21-year-old midfielder Douglas Luiz, Sky Sports News understands. The Brazilian has been denied a work permit in the past, which has reportedly frustrated City manager Pep Guardiola. But, after playing in La Liga and featuring heavily for his country in the recent Toulon Tournament, means that Aston Villa are now confident that a work permit will be granted. It could be two major signings in one day for Villa, who have also agreed a deal with Reims for defender Bjorn Engels already this morning.

Express & Star: Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on deals for Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz and Stade Reims defender Bjorn Engels. Villa have already signed seven players following promotion to the top flight, with an estimated outlay of £80m, however should they complete both deals their summer spending could surpass £100m. Reports suggest that Villa are poised to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Ruiz from Manchester City for £15m, a player high in the estimation of City boss Pep Guardiola.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa are in talks to sign another centre back, 6ft 4ins Belgian Bjorn Engels. Dean Smith has already secured Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa for a combined £38m plus Kortney Hause from Wolves and still maintains an interest in adding Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United. However, after struggling to cover the position last season, Smith wants plenty of strength in depth and hopes Villa can agree a fee with Reims for Engels.

Daily Express: Aston Villa are closing in on Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz. The newly-promoted side have splashed the cash since getting promoted, with Dean Smith making seven signings. Ezri KonsaTyrone MingsWesley Moraes, Matt Targett, Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi and Jota have all joined Aston Villa.

Daily Star: Aston Villa have lodged bids for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton and Egypt international Trezeguet. Dean Smith has splashed the cash in recent days. Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa have both been snapped for a combined £37m.

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