Date: 28th September 2021 at 9:41am
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Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is no stranger to transfer talk and as soon as the press lost interest in a potential buy back return to Manchester City, the 23-year-old now Brazilian international was quickly, and regularly, linked to Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma side.

With over 70 starting appearances to his name following his arrival in the summer of 2019, our £15million capture is really starting to show his worth this season as we see steady improvement from the whole side and although it’s a bit of a nothing report from Calciomercato, this is clearly a story which is going to go away any time soon.

And with a very credible win v Manchester United at the weekend, you have to start taking Aston Villa seriously when it comes to taking a bet, don’t you? Sports betting is extremely popular in the United Kingdom and most punters tend to place bets on traditional sports, like football, horse racing and greyhounds. Of course, betting on established bookmakers like Bet365 and William Hill is the ideal choice. But what happens if you have registered with the Gamstop scheme? The only viable solution would be to sign up at the UK betting sites not on Gamstop.

The new angle on the speculation is that with it expected that Steven Nzoni will soon complete a move to Qatar side Al Rayyan, Mourinho will then attempt to make a proper move for Dougie in the January transfer window.

I expect this will be a story we’ll be bombarded with as the window edges closer, but I genuinely don’t see anything coming of it. I don’t see Roma having the cash to put in an offer that would even tempt us to be fair, and even with the pull of European competition, I fail to see why Dougie would be interested in a move at this stage given how he’s impressing with us in the Premier League.

It’s a long shot for this season, but it seems the Europa League is still our overall aim for the year anyway, and if that does unexpectedly now come off, a January switch to Roma would only speed up Dougie’s European ambitions by six months.

And in any case, given how the ‘Special One’s’ career has gone in recent years, there’s absolutely no guarantee he’ll still be at Roma come January anyway.

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