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Douglas Luiz Completes Transfer to Manchester City on 5-Year Contract

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 15, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on after the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian under-20 international Douglas Luiz, who has signed a five-year contract with the club after joining from Vasco da Gama.

The Citizens announced the signing via their website on Saturday, and director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "We are pleased to welcome Douglas. He is an exciting player with great potential, and everyone here is looking forward to helping him develop his talent and progress in the game."

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BREAKING: Manchester City have completed the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama (📷: @ManCity) https://t.co/CtyDG5A6Ju

ESPN FC's Jonathan Smith on Wednesday reported the central midfielder's acquisition cost City £10 million and that Luiz will be loaned to City sister club Girona, who will make their return to La Liga after gaining promotion last season.

City manager Pep Guardiola will hope to see his latest signing flourish in Spain's first tier, which will provide Luiz with his first taste of European football. The 19-year-old joined Vasco da Gama's academy as a youngster in 2013.

Smith wrote:

"Douglas was one of Vasco's best players last season and earned a call-up by Brazil for the South American Under-20s Championship at the start of the year.

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"He attracted the attention of City's scouts based in South America and is now set to follow in the footsteps of striker Gabriel Jesus, who has been a huge success following his move from Palmeiras in January."

The playmaker is the fourth addition for City during this summer transfer window, following Bernardo Silva, goalkeeper Ederson and right-back Kyle Walker, who joined from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Friday.

Luiz's chances of first-team football at the Etihad Stadium look slim with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva about, but experience gained at Girona may put him in finer stead for a future run at City.

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