Manchester City have decided to send Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz back to partner club Girona FC for a second season, according to Globo/Extra in his homeland.
The 21-year-old has been linked with FC Porto, Benfica and Celtic, while there was a claim from Turkey that Fenerbahce had an agreement in principle to sign him on loan.
A recent report claimed that Benfica were ‘one step away’ from landing Douglas, but the deal collapsed due to City’s refusal to give the Portuguese side an option to buy.
Douglas was to be part of Pep Guardiola’s Man City squad this season before the Home Office denied him a work permit, and City are hoping that some regular football in La Liga will lead to the highly-rated midfielder receiving a Brazil call-up, which in turn would make it easier to get him a work permit next season.
The former Vasco da Gama player made 15 appearances in Spain’s top-flight last season for Girona, but most of them were brief as a substitute and he played for a total of 295 minutes in La Liga, with a further 195 minutes in the Copa del Rey.
Girona lost head coach Pablo Machín to Sevilla and if Douglas is returning to the Catalan club, it may be with an understanding that new boss Eusebio Sacristán gives him more game time than last season.
Should the deal be confirmed, Douglas will be Girona’s third loan signing from Manchester City after Aleix Garcia – also back for a second loan – and Patrick Roberts, who is likely to get plenty of game time if Portu leaves Girona for Sevilla before Spain’s transfer window.