Aston Villa expert verdict on Luiz quitting for Arsenal after talks reveal

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

1st Nov, 2023 | 5:06pm

Arsenal transfer news: Expert makes 'massive' Douglas Luiz claim after source's talks reveal

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Aston Villa can match any contract offer made to Douglas Luiz as Arsenal’s interest in his services continues.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed he is “hopeful” the Brazil international will follow the likes of Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa by penning renewed terms.

Football Insider revealed on Sunday (29 October) that Villa are preparing to open contract talks with midfielder Luiz in the new year after his stellar early-season form.

Arsenal and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta are long-term admirers of the 25-year-old and have tried to sign him on multiple occasions.

Luiz has made 16 appearances across all competitions this season, notching six goals and one assist.

His current deal, which nets him a reported £75,000-a-week, is set to expire in June 2026.

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He has recently earned a recall to the Brazil squad and got his ninth cap in the loss against Uruguay last month.

Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I’m hopeful he will extend that contract.

“The reason I think he will is that he’s starting every week, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing his best football.

“Why wouldn’t you sign? Aston Villa is a massive club, and I’m sure he will follow the likes of Watkins, McGinn and Konsa.

“Villa are paying very, very good money right now. Huge money. They can match the wages that a lot of other sides, like Arsenal, are paying right now.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the club can get that deal over the line.”

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