FC Barcelona sporting director Deco has one name at the top of the list in the search for a new defensive midfielder: Douglas Luiz.
The decision has not fully been made but reports say the Brazilian is at the moment the #1 target. Having bought Oriol Romeu as a stopgap solution to the exit of Sergio Busquets, to middling at best results to this point, Barcelona do not want to repeat that experiment. They want a player who’s ready to go and be a starter for some time.
Douglas Luiz, who is 25, is having a great season for Aston Villa and has many of the things the blaugrana are looking for. He’s good with the ball, defends well, and is tactically astute. They think he’s grown a lot under Unai Emery and is ready to make the jump.
Barcelona think they could buy him for around 60 million euro, but there are whispers that the Villans will ask much more for him, even 100 million.
Deco has been to England more than once to scout him out, and reports say he’s very pleased with the midfielder.