are closing in on a major coup with the capture of Manchester City
central midfielder Douglas Luiz for £15million.
was furious last season when the Brazil
Under 23 captain saw a work permit application denied and then had to spend the campaign at sister club Girona in La Liga.
Luiz is now on the move permanently and expected to complete a move to Villa before they face Minnesota United in America next week.
Villa believe they will be granted a work permit and Sportsmail
understands City are inserting a buy-back clause into the deal for the 21-year-old.
The Premier League champions did similar when selling Angelino to PSV Eindhoven last summer and the left back went on to re-join the club earlier this month.
Luiz spent two seasons at Girona following his move from Vasco da Gama, starring in their victory away at Real Madrid in February.
Guardiola spoke glowingly about Luiz while away on tour last year as he stood out in a squad packed full of other youngsters.