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Manchester City midfielder being considered for first Brazil call-up

Having been denied a work permit to play for Manchester City this season, Douglas Luiz is currently without a club to play his football at.

Girona FC, Galatasaray and Benfica are just three of the clubs thought to be keen on taking the 20-year-old on loan this season, after the work permit snub which has denied the former Vasco midfielder the chance to play Premier League football.

Pep Guardiola was unhappy with the decision, after both he and Brazil coach Tite sent arguments of support to the Home Office when City applied for a work permit – ultimately to no effect.

And Tite confirmed on Friday after naming his Brazil squad for the upcoming friendlies – which has NO City players in it – that Douglas could be called up soon.

Tite is looking at new options to refresh his squad heading into the 2019 Copa America and named Douglas Luiz alongside the likes of Barcelona new boy Malcom, big-money Everton signing Richarlison, and €46million Real Madrid teen Vinícius Júnior as those on his radar for a call-up.

Douglas will soon be loaned to a new club and must overcome his disappointment at not being allowed to play for City, then work his way into both Pep Guardiola and Tite’s plans for the coming years.

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