Frank McAvennie believes Douglas Luiz could leave Aston Villa for a cut-price fee in the January transfer window after Arsenal failed to sign him in the summer. The Gunners tabled three bids on deadline day, the last of which was £25 million.
However, Villa was serious about keeping him, and they turned them all down. The Brazilian has a deal that expires at the end of the term, and it doesn’t seem he would sign an extension, but the Villans stood firm.
He could now walk away as a free agent in the summer, but Villa might try to recoup some money by selling him in January. McAvennie believes that would make them accept an offer more than 50% less than what Arsenal wanted to pay earlier at £10 million. He tells Football Insider:
“If he wants to leave in January, Steven Gerrard will have to tell him they’re dropping the price to £10million or £15m and if he says yes he’ll leave and if he says no he’ll stay until the summer. I don’t think players need to money nowadays the way they used to. So Gerrard can talk to him and ask him if he wants to see out his contract or get a bit of money for the club. If he’s got any decency he’ll get some money for the club.”