Aston Villa linked with transfer for midfielder who has been spotted with Douglas Luiz

Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa on the ball whilst under pressure from Andreas Pereira of Fulham
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Aston Villa have been credited with an interest in Fulham midfielder and Brazil international Andreas Pereira this summer transfer window. Pereira has spent the last two seasons at Craven Cottage after leaving Manchester United on a permanent basis in the summer of 2022, and he has been a revelation under Marco Silva having scored eight times in 82 appearances since their return to the top flight.

Pereira's excellent form earned him international recognition and he received a recall in March and featured in friendlies against England at Wembley and also against Spain. The £10m signing from United has two years remaining on his contract with the Cottagers, who have established themselves in the top flight since returning under Silva a couple of years ago.

Pereira, 28, has reportedly attracted interest from Fulham's Premier League rivals; Villa, as well as Tottenham and Newcastle, are said to be considering offers to Fulham for Pereira, who is currently away with Brazil as they prepare to compete in the Copa America, held in the USA, later this month.

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Interestingly, he's been spending his down time with Douglas Luiz; the Villa midfielder's own future would appear to be uncertain this summer amid intense speculation coming out of Italy which has linked him with a move to Serie A giants Juventus, but prior to Brazil's friendlies kicking off before the tournament, international football is the only thing on the minds of the players involved.

Luiz posted on his Instagram this week that he is spending his leisurely time - including a trip to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter and a meal - with Pereira, West Ham's Lucas Paqueta, Wolves' Joao Gomes, Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes and Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli.

Pereira has been the subject of offers from Atletico Madrid in La Liga and Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq since joining Fulham, and Globo Esporte claim now that his agent Kia Joorabchian is conducting preliminary talks with interested parties. Pereira, it's suggested, wants Champions League football again after experiencing it while at Old Trafford and also during his previous loan spell with Lazio.

Agent Joorabchian, widely regarded as among the most notable names in his field, is likely to have discussions with Villa this summer as one of his other representatives, Philippe Coutinho, is due to have his own future resolved upon returning from his Qatari loan at Al Duhail.

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