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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