Aston Villa would prefer to keep Douglas Luiz rather than lose the player and make a profit amid fresh transfer rumours. 

That’s according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Luiz’s future.

Luiz, 22, moved to Aston Villa from Manchester City in the summer of 2019 for a reported fee of £15million. [Sky Sports]

City inserted a buyback clause into Luiz’s contract with the Daily Star claiming the fee is £25million.

Pep Guardiola recently spoke about the option of signing Luiz and is quoted by Express and Star as saying, “There are a lot of people at the club working about these kind of players and at the end of the season we are going to take a decision.”

Whelan insists that the buyback terms will have suited Villa when they negotiated the deal for Luiz but his loss could prove to be a ‘massive’ blow.

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“They will have made sure that the money was right for them when that clause was put in the contract,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Money is one thing but you also have to look at the quality of the player and what he brings.

“They would much prefer the player than the profit, a player who’s settled in, knows Dean Smith and he knows and trusts the players, that’s massive.”

Luiz has played a vital role in Aston Villa’s impressive Premier League campaign, making 27 starts so far with the club challenging for a Europa League place.

He signed for Man City in 2017 from Brazilian side Vasco de Garma but never played a game for the club before moving to Villa Park.

In other news,  Villa are prepared to battle West Ham for a Premier League signing this summer after a brilliant run of games for the in-form attacker.