Rising star of Australian football tipped to follow Aaron Mooy and join Manchester City

When Aaron Mooy moved to Manchester City from their City Football Group partner club Melbourne City in 2016, few could have guessed that a year later the Blues would make a profit of £8million-plus on the Australian international.

Given a pathway into Europe by the City Football Group, Mooy was signed by City, loaned to Huddersfield, and after helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League, sold to them for £8million – potentially rising to £10million.

It was part of a strategy the CFG have in place and worked out well for everyone involved, with Mooy now an established Premier League footballer.

From Australian outlet SBS comes a suggestion that a similar deal could happen in the near future involving the Melbourne and Manchester clubs.

19-year-old Daniel Arzani, an Iranian-born Australian youth international, is considered one of the most promising talents in Australia and has made 13 appearances in this season’s A-League, scoring two and assisting three.

Arzani has just had an automatic one-year contract extension triggered by Melbourne City, and SBS reports that he could soon follow a similar career path to that of Aaron Mooy, by moving to Manchester City before most likely heading elsewhere.

The young attacking midfielder is so highly-rated, some believe he could actually have a shot of impressing Pep Guardiola. He is described as ‘the most gifted and exciting teenage prospect in A-League history’ by SBS.

A potential problem for Arzani is that unlike Aaron Mooy, he does not hold a European Union passport, making a switch to England tricky, and the acquisition of a work permit could depend on him making appearances for the Australian national team – an achievement that should come soon for the talented teen.

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