Douglas Luiz could leave Aston Villa in £10m deal after source's reveal - pundit
Frank McAvennie has suggested Douglas Luiz could leave Aston Villa for as little as £10million in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said the 24-year-old should leave before his contract expires to bring in money for the club.
On 10 September, sources told this site that Arsenal are still working on a deal to sign the Brazil international.
The Gunners submitted a series of bids worth up to £25million during the summer transfer window but failed to land the midfielder as Villa remained firm with their £30million valuation.
Mikel Arteta’s side are keen to sign the Brazilian in January after he told friends he wants to join the London club.
Luiz has entered the final 12 months of his deal at Villa Park.
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McAvennie suggested the decision of whether to leave for a fee is up to the player.
“You’re only worth what people offer for you,” he told Football Insider.
“When people want you that’s when you’re worth money and you can bargain and get the money up. I don’t know him personally, what his temperament is like. I don’t know if he wants to stay or if he’s got ambitions to go then it doesn’t matter how much Aston Villa want to drop the price, if he doesn’t want to go until next year then he won’t go.
“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.“