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FC Porto enter loan race for stranded Manchester City midfielder – report

Portuguese champions FC Porto are the latest club to express an interest in signing Douglas Luiz on loan from Manchester City, Goal Brasil reports.

The 20-year-old is currently without a club to play football at after the Home Office denied him a work permit to feature in Pep Guardiola’s Man City first-team this season.

That setback has given City a short window to find him a suitable loan destination, but the talented Brazilian is not short of suitors, and is also being considered by Porto’s rivals Benfica.

Girona FC and possibly Celtic are other options for the former Vasco da Gama player, but a move to Porto would mean Champions League football – or at least the prospect of it – with the club in next week’s draw for the group stage.

It is thought that playing fewer games than expected on loan at Girona last season worked against Douglas in his attempts to get a work permit, despite letters of support from Guardiola and Brazil coach Tite.

A productive year on loan outside of England could lead to Douglas getting a permit next season and joining the Manchester City squad.

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