Seven Premier League clubs willing to pay Mooy's $17M price tag

Aaron Mooy must whittle down a list of seven Premier League bidders to just one, as he assesses where best to play his football next season.

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The Socceroos midfielder is in the coastal Russian city of Sochi ahead of Australia's FIFA Confederations Cup opener against an experimental Germany on Tuedsay morning (AEST).

And though reluctant to juggle unnecessary distractions, the 26-year-old is keen to resolve his future quickly.

It's understood that all seven bidders are willing to match parent club Manchester City's asking price of £10 million ($16.7m).

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That would eventually rise to £12 ($20 million) with add-ons.

While the hot favourite for the signature of the Australia star is Huddersfield Town - whom he excelled for on loan last season - Mooy's agent has refuted reports from the BBC in Britain that a deal has been struck with the Yorkshire club.

"As things stand I can say that Aaron has, as yet, not signed a contract for anybody and that includes Huddersfield," said Sydney-based Paddy Dominguez.

"That doesn't mean he won't but it has not happened to this point, and it's not accurate to say a deal is agreed with the player and Huddersfield."

The report states that Manchester City have accepted an offer of £8 million ($13.46M), plus £2 million ($3.36M) worth of adds on, claiming he will earn £35,000 ($58,870) a week.

Two other Premier League clubs are also in the mix, but have been discounted on the basis that they don't fit the criteria of providing the best platform for regular game time.

A standout season on loan for promoted Huddersfield Town has been the catalyst for the flurry of offers - and it's down to Mooy to pick the one which best suits his career expectations.

The likes of newly promoted Brighton - where he would have Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as a teammate - are in the mix, along with Stoke City, Everton and Newcastle United.

"It's an important year with the World Cup at the end of it and it's about making a fine balance between the offers," explained Dominguez.

"Gaining regular game time will be a big part of his final decision.

"You could maybe take a little bit more risk if it wasn't a World Cup year.

"It's not a question of Aaron not backing himself, it's just a matter that the Premier league is very results driven and they frequently make lots of changes changes to their teams.

"if the team then performs in your absence you can spend weeks waiting and working to get back in again.

"You can never guarantee anyone they will play every game but it's a matter of calculating the risk.

"Aaron knows who all the interested parties are and he just has to decide now what's best for him.

"I think he's keen to get himself sorted and settled as soon as possible, so he knows what he's doing next.

"Wherever he goes he wants to be there on the first day of pre-season."

Huddersfield - for whom player of the year Mooy played 48 league games for last season - are among the bidders.

Their German coach David Wagner was instrumental in the making of Mooy as a Championship force.

And Dominguez believes he has the armory to flourish in the top tier in 2017-2018.

"I still think Aaron has one more gear in him and you need the right coach to bring that out," he said.

"But to be fair at that level in the Premier League there are not many bad coaches."


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Published 15 June 2017 at 3:44pm
By Dave Lewis in Sochi