Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is once again attracting transfer interest from Serie A giants AS Roma.
Reports in recent months had initially suggested that Premier League champions Manchester City were contemplating exercising their buy-back clause on the Brazilian, but that has not been the case.
Then, The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath claimed that Roma had entered the fray, with former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho keen to lure him to Italy this summer.
And while a move away did not materialise in the summer transfer window, Calciomercato now claim that the Italian side are keen to move on Amadou Diawara as they look to fund a move for either Luiz or Denis Zakaria come January.
Having played 33 out of the possible 38 Premier League games last term, Luiz was a cornerstone of a Villa midfield that saw them finish just outside of the top ten.
Speaking last summer, The Athletic journalist Gregg Evans, said of him: “He’s an absolute joy to watch now and I never thought I would be saying that. Villa have got a fantastic player in Douglas Luiz now, he looks like an absolute star, he could have played in that Man United team.
“He was better than (Paul) Pogba, I thought. I thought he was brilliant, hardly did anything wrong, hardly put a foot wrong. He won so many interceptions and made so many important blocks. When he gets the ball, he passes it nicely. He’s the best player in that Villa team at the moment because it’s just not working for John McGinn.”
And, in a recent poll done by FFC, 73% of Villa fans who answered said that they would not sell Luiz this summer (1180 votes to 66) – an indication of just how concerning it would be were the Brazilian to make the move to Roma.
If Roma were to swoop in for Luiz in the January transfer window, it would rob Dean Smith of a first-team regular at a time where they were already looking to try and strengthen their options in the summer – a move for James Ward-Prowse being touted.
It would leave them even more short in the engine room, and Villa fans would surely be very worried at the prospect of Luiz going. It has the making of a potential nightmare for Smith if Roma push ahead with a move.