Liverpool can justify Douglas Luiz signing in 2023 if three players leave the club. Reports indicate that the Reds like the Aston Villa man.
The race for Douglas Luiz appears to be heating up, with Chelsea the latest to spark an interest. Luiz’s Aston Villa contract expires at the end of the season, and clubs hope to pick him up relatively cheap.
That was Arsenal’s plan at the end of the transfer window but Villa wouldn’t sell. The Birmingham Mail says there was a £40m asking price and nothing less. That price will be lower by January, however, and non-existent by June.
And that could tempt Liverpool. Sky Sports claim the Reds looked at Luiz in September, too, and Calciomercato – reporting on AC Milan’s plans – believe the interest remains.
Could Liverpool actually justify signing Luiz, though? He’s not the superstar signing people would want, after all, with Jude Bellingham topping that list. We do think Liverpool could make it happen.
But only if three players leave.
Liverpool can justify signing Douglas Luiz
Luiz’s stats stand out as remarkably unremarkable. There’s no area where he’s really ‘elite’ – but he’s good at pretty much everything. That means he won’t necessarily be a star signing but he can be an important one.
For if Liverpool want to build a new midfield, they need players like Luiz. He’s someone who can theoretically play alongside anyone and prove reliable. He brings some experience, plenty of room for growth and, potentially, no transfer fee.
But such a signing only makes sense if you have room for it. Luiz would have to arrive as one of at least two midfield signings if the Reds are to build something there.
There’s also the fact that a free transfer with this much interest wouldn’t come cheap. Luiz will demand large wages as teams look to strike a bargain – he’ll want a lot of the money that clubs save on the fee.
Liverpool, then, can both make room for Luiz and justify the wages by moving out three players. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner are all out of contract in 2023, with little suggestion that the Reds will renew.
The money saved on wages could instantly pay Luiz, while he’d instantly become a reliable piece of the squad. If those three players leave, we think Liverpool can easily justify signing the player.