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Melbourne City re-sign attacking midfielder on loan from Manchester City after UAE stint

Melbourne City have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Anthony Cáceres for a second spell on loan from Manchester City.

The 25-year-old was signed by Manchester City from the Central Coast Mariners in the January 2016 transfer window for around £125,000 and immediately loaned to sister club Melbourne City.

After one-and-a-half years in Melbourne, the Sydney-born player joined Al-Wasl on loan last season and made 21 appearances in the UAE Gulf League.

It was reported that Al-Wasl had an option to buy Cáceres, but have chosen not to use it.

Cáceres will now rejoin Melbourne for the 2018-19 season while remaining on the books of Manchester City, who own the registration of numerous players who don’t seem to be in Pep Guardiola’s plans, but are loaned or eventually sold.

A recent example came in January when City signed former New York City FC player Mix Diskerud on a free transfer and sent him back on loan to IFK Göteborg, where he has been performing well. Reports from Sweden suggest that if City sell Diskerud, they will demand around £860,000 (€975,000), which would ensure a tidy profit for the club.

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