Manchester City midfielder was ‘one step away’ from Benfica before deal collapsed – report

It has been a busy day on the Douglas Luiz news front, with a story that Celtic are in for the Manchester City midfielder followed up by claims from Turkey that Fenerbahce have reached an agreement in principle to sign him on loan.

Previously, Douglas was linked with two giants of Portuguese football, Benfica and FC Porto – and it has been revealed why he hasn’t joined Benfica and is unlikely to move to Porto.

According to journalist Bruno Andrade of Goal Brasil, the 20-year-old was ‘one step away’ from heading to Benfica after more than a week of negotiations, but the deal collapsed because Manchester City would not allow an option to buy to be included in the deal. That led to Benfica instead turning to another Brazilian, Gabriel, who joined from Leganés on a five-year deal yesterday.

FC Porto still have an interest in Douglas but City’s refusal to insert an option to buy in any loan deal is also an obstacle there, and it is clear that Pep Guardiola, who had hoped to involved Douglas in his first-team squad this season before he failed to get a work permit, believes the Brazil youth international could play a role in City’s future.

For now, the likes of Fenerbahce, Celtic and Girona FC look willing to take Douglas on a dry loan (no option to buy), with the midfielder expected to relocate imminently.

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