Man City to hand Aston Villa blow by activating £25m Douglas Luiz clause

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Manchester City are weighing up a swoop for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz – as they also target the club's star man Jack Grealish.

City sold Luiz to Villa for £15million in July last year, but insisted on a £25m buyback clause for the defensive midfielder.

Now Pep Guardiola is considering a reunion following the 22-year-old's fine form for Villa this season.

And City could launch a £100m double raid to land the two midfielders as they look to wrest the Premier League title from reigning champions Liverpool.

Both players have been ever present as Dean Smith's side have surged to sixth in the table following an impressive start to the season.

Villa have won five of their seven league games, including victories over Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal.

Grealish has been in superb form, scoring five goals and posting six assists, and also impressed when he started for England in their 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday.

City have identified the 25-year-old playmaker as the ideal addition to Guardiola's squad, and are set to swoop for the £70m-rated star, who has also been on the radar of Manchester United and Arsenal.

But they are also considering cashing in on the buyback clause in Luiz's contract to take the Brazil midfielder back to the Etihad – knowing they can sign him without paying over the odds.

Whether they can land the pair in the January transfer window remains to be seen.

Grealish signed a five-year deal in the summer, and may opt to stick with his Villa so as not to risk his chances of making the England squad for next summer's postponed Euro 2020 finals. In any case, Villa are unlikely to want to sell to a rival mid-season.

But the Midlands club will be braced for more interest from City next summer as they battle to hold on to their star assets.

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