Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz is ‘waiting anxiously’ to see if he will receive a work permit that would allow him to play for Manchester City this coming season, UOL Esporte reports.
The 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Girona FC, has yet to be capped at senior level for Brazil, but his representatives are said to be optimistic about receiving a visa.
And the suggestion is that if successful, Douglas, who played against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on City’s pre-season tour of the United States, could actually be in Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans for the coming season.
Fred Caldeira of Esporte Interativo also says City have given the signal that they want Douglas in the squad this season.
Manchester City sinalizou ao estafe de Douglas Luiz que quer mantê-lo no elenco. Para isso, o volante já entrou no processo de tirar o visto de trabalho para a Premier League. Revelado no Vasco, o brasileiro passou a última temporada emprestado ao Girona, da Espanha.
— Fred Caldeira (@fredcaldeira) August 2, 2018
The £10.7million signing from Vasco da Gama struggled for game time at Girona last season, making just 5 appearances, but Guardiola is a master at developing a player’s talents if he sees something. Brazil boss Tite has also praised the youngster’s potential.
Oleksandr Zinchenko played very little during his loan spell at PSV Eindhoven in the 2016/17 season, but since returning to the City fold, has improved and played his part in one of the Premier League’s greatest ever sides.
If Douglas Luiz sticks around, the hope will be his development can also accelerate under the tutelage of the great Guardiola, and he would likely serve as a midfield back-up for compatriot Fernandinho after City failed to land Jorginho this summer.
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