£75k-a-week Man City target Micah Richards called ‘amazing’ could be huge Kalvin Phillips upgrade

Manchester City continues to explore potential squad improvements, and Douglas Luiz’s recent performance reaffirms why the club is reportedly considering re-signing him. Despite a quiet January transfer window, City did not make any additions to the squad, except for the announcement of a deal for youngster Claudio Echeverri. However, Kalvin Phillips departed on loan to West Ham United for the remainder of the season, likely signaling a summer sale.

Douglas Luiz, currently excelling at Aston Villa, is making a strong case to be Phillips’ replacement. In Villa’s recent 5-0 victory against Sheffield United, Luiz displayed outstanding performance in midfield during his 45-minute playtime. He completed 29 out of 31 passes (94%), including four ‘key’ passes, the most in the game according to Sofascore. Luiz’s impactful play contributed to an early goal-scoring opportunity for Ollie Watkins, showcasing his versatility in both defensive and attacking aspects.

Micah Richards, on the Rest Is Football podcast, praised Luiz for a standout moment when he delivered a sublime pass to Watkins reminiscent of Kevin De Bruyne’s style, leading to a goal. Luiz’s consistent performances this season, with seven goals and seven assists, make him an attractive prospect for City, potentially offering an upgrade over Phillips.

Douglas Luiz’s ability to play as a holding midfielder or as an eight, coupled with his defensive solidity and attacking contributions, aligns well with City’s requirements. Pep Guardiola reportedly expressed interest in bringing Luiz back to the Etihad in November, and the Brazilian midfielder may consider a transfer in the summer to fulfill any unfinished business with City.


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