By Villa News Speaking to Ty Bracey

28th Jul, 2023 | 5:10pm

£70m Douglas Luiz exit prediction emerges at Aston Villa amid fresh speculation

We’re delighted to welcome Aston Villa podcaster Ty Bracey as our exclusive Aston Villa columnist each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the club…

Aston Villa should not sell much-improved midfielder Douglas Luiz for less than £80million this summer, according to Ty Bracey.

The Brazillian has piqued the interest of Premier League title challengers Arsenal again this summer, with Tottenham reportedly ready to hijack the deal [The Sun], but his recent long-term contract extension would mean either club would have to match Villa’s valuation.

The 25-year-old has improved drastically since Unai Emery took the hot seat, adding more goals and assists to his game and becoming an influential component in Villa’s midfield double pivot.

Bracey has claimed Luiz should not be sold for a low fee, especially considering the valuation of other Premier League midfielders this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “I think you’re looking at around £80million for Luiz. I know that’s probably a little bit high but we’re seeing figures like £45million thrown around for Conor Gallagher and Scott McTominay and he’s much better than both of them, in my opinion.

“It’s not really the value of the player themselves, it’s the price to replace them. He and Kamara thrive together in that double pivot.

“I’d like to say he’s not for sale, I really would. We rejected £30million from Arsenal when he had six months remaining on his contract.

“You’re essentially buying a player out of their contract, so personally I don’t think he goes anywhere and I don’t think Aston Villa accept anything below £70-80million for him to go. But, that may be a bit of  Villa bias.

In other Aston Villa news, Sky Sports journalist Dan Bardell has backed the exit-bound Joao Felix for a loan move to Villa Park, but key transfer action could impact the deal.