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A year ago, Arsenal had three bids rejected for Luiz – the last of which was worth around £25million before he penned a new contract at Villa Park until 2026. Since then the 25-year-old has gone from strength to strength and become one of the key components of Emery’s title-challenging side.

He has six Premier League goals to add to his three assists so far this season, with Villa just two points off league leaders Liverpool. They will, however, be bracing themselves for more interest in Luiz as several top clubs in Europe go in search of a new midfielder either in January or the summer.

That includes Arsenal and United, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to overhaul the sporting side of the Red Devils and their recruitment department. He has already reportedly criticised the signing of Casemiro and they are eyeing up a new midfielder to help youngster Kobbie Mainoo, while the experienced Brazilian is linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

And Keane believes that Luiz is the ideal signing. “He turns up every week this player,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Never seems to be injured. Quality player. I like him. I think he was linked with Arsenal last year. There are no surprises there, with some of the Villa players, you think they can certainly go on to play for a Man United, Arsenal or even Man City, you look at (Ollie) Watkins.

“But I like Luiz. He is consistent. Turns up week in and week out. You know what you are going to get from him. I like a lot about him. Probably lacks that real pace maybe. In terms of his decision-making and looking after the ball. Very, very good.”

However, Villa would demand in the region of £100m should they decide to cash in on their star midfielder, especially during a title challenge.

They would likely point to the nine-figure fee that Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish in 2021 and Luiz has already explained that he is happy at his current club.

“I am very happy to hear the stories but I am here at Aston Villa,” Luiz said in December. “My focus is totally here. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the stories. I see them, but I don’t focus on that and I’m not looking at it every day. My head is here at Aston Villa.”

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