Juventus have named in-form Aston Villa defensive midfielder Douglas Luiz as a transfer target, according to reports in Italy.
The Brazilian, according to Tutto Mercato (via Sport Witness), has been suggested as a possible signing for the Serie A champions.
Luiz has featured in nine games for the Villains so far this season and has impressed several clubs with his performances.
The 22-year-old was at the giants for two seasons but was forced to spend both campaigns on loan at Spanish side Girona after the Home Office denied him a work permit.
According to Birmingham Live, the former Premier League champions are interested in potentially bringing him back to the Etihad.
With Fernandinho set to leave the club next summer, Pep Guardiola is eyeing Luiz as a potential replacement.
The source adds, though, that they will have to fend off interest from Juventus in the meantime.
Manager Andrea Pirlo is after reinforcements in midfield and has suggested bringing in former Arsenal man Lucas Torreira.
However, Birmingham Live states that Juventus officials are not too keen on the Atletico Madrid midfielder, maybe paving the way for a Luiz arrival.
Villa manager ‘not aware’ of buy-back clause
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admitted last month that he did not know Luiz had a buy-back clause in his contract, per Birmingham Live.
Speaking in a press conference, he said: “There’s been talk about a buy-back option. I’m not aware of it, I don’t deal with contracts. I deal with the players.
“What I know is Douglas Luiz is loving his time at Aston Villa and getting better and better. He’s performing very well for Brazil as well. Long may that continue.
“Next summer’s a long way off for me.”