Melbourne City have announced the sale of Australian international midfielder Aaron Mooy to sister club Manchester City.
25-year-old Mooy has signed a three-year deal with the Manchester club and the two other Australians on the books, Luke Brattan and Anthony Cáceres, have officially joined Melbourne City on loan deals as the player trading between the City Football Group members continues.
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Speaking about this deal, Brian Marwood, Managing Director of City Football Services, said:
“Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within 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.”
Unless Pep Guardiola has plans for the midfielder, it’s likely that Mooy will be loaned out by Manchester City to another club in Europe. According to reports in Australia, the Socceroo has been pushing for a new experience in Europe and joining City may be part of a strategy to find him a suitable club.
A two-time Player of the Year at Melbourne City, Mooy is very highly regarded in his homeland and is considered one of Australia’s best players. Last season he contributed 11 goals and 21 assists – a record in the league’s history – for Melbourne City.