Manchester City swoop to snare Mooy

Melbourne City announced Aaron Mooy has been transferred to Manchester City, after the Australia midfielder signed a three-year deal with the English Premier League giants - while Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres have sealed loan deals with the ambitious A-League side.

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Mooy becomes the latest Aussie to join Manchester City Source: Getty Images



Mooy, 25, played 53 times for Melbourne City after his mid-2014 move from Western Sydney Wanderers and during that time became a permanent member of the Socceroos set-up and was pipped by Diego Castro as the A-League's best player in the Johnny Warren Medal voting for the 2015-2016 campaign.

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“Aaron was a fantastic contributor to Melbourne City and we must first and foremost thank him for his involvement and impact during his time at the Club,” Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip said.

“He is deserving of his new opportunity and we wish him all the best for the future."

Two-time Player of the Year for Melbourne City, Mooy scored 11 goals and an A-League record 21 assists last season and joins The Citizens as they embark on their first campaign under master tactician Pep Guardiola.

"Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within the City Football Group," Brian Marwood, Managing Director, City Football Services, said.

However, it appears more than likely that Mooy will be loaned out rather than line up in the EPL next season for the Sky Blues - one of Melbourne City's sister clubs under the City Football Group.

“With the unique model CFG provides, Aaron’s move to Manchester allows us to further expose him to a high standard of opportunities to ensure his professional growth,” Marwood said.

With Mooy departing, fringe Socceroos midfielder Brattan makes the move in the other direction. The 26 year-old is the fifth new face for City's 2016-2017 campaign.



The three-time A-League Championship winner returns to Australia where he made 91 appearances for Brisbane Roar before signing for Manchester City in October 2015. Since then he was loaned to Bolton Wanderers but failed to play any first-team football.

"I’m delighted to be joining Melbourne City ahead of what I’m sure will be a really exciting season and I can’t wait to get started," Brattan said.

“Luke will be a fantastic addition to our squad; he has long been recognised as an impressive young talent in Australia, and we are looking forward to what he can bring to our midfield, particularly after his experience overseas," Van’t Schip said.



Caceres extended his loan deal until the end of the forthcoming season after joining the club last January, and playing 11 times.

“Anthony joined us in January and has been an important member of the squad since his arrival. His performances during the final matches of the regular season have demonstrated his notable talent," Van’t Schip said.


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Published 30 June 2016 at 10:52am
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