Report: Chelsea join list of clubs hopeful to sign £40m midfielder, they can talk to him in January

Reports suggest that Chelsea are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

According to Birmingham Mail, there is currently a real possibility that the Brazilian leaves for free next summer, despite standing firm on a £40m valuation over the last transfer window.

The midfielder was subject of late interest this summer from Arsenal, with him seemingly keen to leave Villa following a difficult start to the season.

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His persistence didn’t result in a move however, with Steven Gerrard keen to keep hold of a star player so late in the window.

However, Birmingham Mail have claimed that due to his expiring deal at the club, Luiz could end up leaving out of their control.

The report goes on to say that Chelsea have joined the lengthy list of teams interested in securing his services.

Chelsea interested in Luiz

The Blues were also looking to do late business in the transfer window, as they looked to strengthen their midfield area in the final hours of the window.

The club signed Denis Zakaria on loan from Juventus, with the Swiss international yet to make his debut for the club.

They were also in the hunt for a midfielder on a permanent deal, with them getting close to agreeing a deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.

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The Mexican was very keen on a move and even skipped training for the Dutch side that day, as he looked to force his way out of the club.

However, things didn’t come to fruition, with the lack of available time to complete the deal being a key factor.

It is believed the Blues were considering moving back for Alvarez in future windows, although a newfound interest in potentially signing Luiz as a free agent could see their heads turned.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.