Aston Villa have turned down three bids for Douglas Luiz during the January transfer window, according to reports.
Luiz is into his third season at Villa Park after joining from Manchester City in 2019 and has been massively impressed.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is thought to be an admirer, while Manchester City have reportedly even made attempts to bring him back to the club since his departure.
It was reported in November that he wanted to leave the club amid interest from Romawhile Arsenal and Newcastle have been linked with moves in the January transfer market.
And now The Athletic reports that Aston Villa ‘have rejected three offers’ for the Villa in January ‘with the most recent offer made on transfer deadline day’.
It is understood that ‘the Premier League club want to keep the player and tie him down to a new long-term contract’ despite ‘admirers at both Arsenal and Newcastle United’.
And former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips predicted that Luiz would stay put on deadline day despite the interest in him.
Philips told Football Insider earlier today: “I don’t think he’ll leave today.
“Luiz is a big player for Aston Villa. I cannot see a situation where Steven Gerrard would let him go, to be honest.
“He probably suits the style of play at Arsenal. Arteta likes them to play out of the back and Luiz likes to get on the ball.
“But at this moment in time I don’t think he’ll leave Villa, even if they bring another person in.
“I think it is something they may reassess in the summer. If the player wants to leave but right now, it’s a non-starter for me. I cannot see him leaving.”
And Phillips thinks Aston Villa are the big winners of the January transfer window in the Premier League, he added: “They are the big winners this window, in my opinion. The business Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa have done so far is just amazing. Hats off to the board for backing Steven.
“Steven has clearly had an impact in terms of the players the club can attract. Villa is a massive club, of course, but this caliber of signing hasn’t been seen at the club in a long time. The club is moving in the right direction.
“To bring the players in they have had, with the possibility of a couple more coming in… 1000 per cent Villa have had the best window.
“It has put them in a position where they could challenge for European football.”