Manchester City have snapped up another of the rising stars of Brazilian football in Douglas Luiz, the Vasco midfielder who is joining for a fee of around £10.7million, rising to a potential £14.1million in future.
News of the transfer broke on Tuesday in Brazil with all of the major news outlets over there reporting that his Vasco contract had been officially listed as ended by the CBF, with City his destination.
And according to Spanish newspaper Marca, the 19-year-old, who is a Brazil under-20 international, is expected to undergo a medical in the ‘next few hours’, after which he will be immediately loaned out for experience.
His destination will be the club about to formally enter the City Football Group, Girona FC, who are preparing for La Liga after winning promotion from the Segunda División last season. And being handed a €12million signing straight from Manchester City will do their ambitions no harm.
Another player on Girona’s list of requested names from Man City is Jason Denayer, but there could be problems there. The Belgian went rogue several days ago, giving an interview in his homeland and blasting City for blocking a loan move to Lyon he had agreed upon.
City want Denayer, along with several others, to play for Girona next season, but the 22-year-old said, “I would rather not join Girona. Not because I want to make it difficult for myself, but because I like to play in a team that is dominating. Not only to show myself, but also to develop myself.”
And in a remark that won’t exactly endear him to Girona fans should he end up there, Denayer added, “The problem of Girona is that the club has just been promoted to the Primera División, and in a small city. That’s not really what I’m looking for.”
Want to know more about Douglas Luiz? City Watch spoke to Paulo Freitas, a Brazilian football expert, about City’s latest boy from Brazil.