City completed the signing of Central Coast Mariners playmaker Anthony Caceres on Tuesday, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
News broke last week that City were in advanced talks to sign the 23-year-old for around £120,000, and the contract is now said to have been signed.
Officially he is thought to have signed for Manchester City, but the likelihood he is will eventually end up at sister club Melbourne City. In the meantime, he could be loaned to a club outside of the City Football Group like countryman Luke Brattan, who City signed then sent to Bolton.
The signings of Caceres and Brattan have raised the obvious question of why City are snatching players who will never play for the first team. Many expected Brattan to head to Melbourne soon after joining, but instead he had an unhappy loan spell at Bolton, not managing a single first team appearance.
Like Brattan, Caceres is very highly-rated within the A-League and if the two do end up at Melbourne City, it will be an example of teams within the City Football Group supporting each other.