Journalist expects PL midfielder linked with Spurs to be sold this summer

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Journalist Ashley Preece has claimed that he expects rumoured Tottenham target Douglas Luiz to leave Aston Villa this summer.

Luiz was reportedly on Tottenham’s radar during January, with The Daily Mail backing the North London club to make an offer for the Brazilian in the final few days of the transfer window.

However, the midfielder ended up staying put at Villa Park, with Spurs snapping up Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus on transfer deadline day instead.

Bentancur has hit the ground running in North London but Antonio Conte reportedly wants to sign two new midfielders this summer (Telegraph).

It remains to be seen whether Spurs will reignite their interest in the Villa star but if they do, they could face competition from AS Roma, with Jose Mourinho said to be keen on taking the midfielder to the Stadio Olimpico (Roma Live).

When asked about Luiz’s future, Preece told the Birmingham Mail that he does not expect the midfielder to be at Villa Park next season.

The journalist further added that the Brazilian’s future remains ‘undecided’, which perhaps suggests that it is unclear where Luiz will end up.

Aksed whether he expects Luiz and Sanson to be at the club next season, he said: “I don’t, no, but Gerrard wants a bigger squad going into next season. Futures re Dougie and Sanson still remain undecided.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Spurs should be aiming for midfielders of a higher calibre than Luiz even if Conte is only looking for a squad player to replace Harry Winks. The likes of Youri Tielemans and Yves Bissouma would be preferable and they are not likely to be too expensive, given that they only have 12 months left on their contracts with Leicester and Brighton respectively.

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