Transfer news: A-League star signs for EPL giants

Melbourne City have announced the club has agreed to the transfer of Aaron Mooy to sister club Manchester City, with the midfielder signing a three-year deal with the English Premier League powerhouse.

Mooy, 25, joined Melbourne City in mid-2014 and has since developed into one of the most talented midfielders in Australia’s domestic competition.

In Mooy, Manchester City have secured a technically gifted and attack-minded player who has featured in 53 league matches across two seasons for Melbourne City, advancing to become a creative, committed and intuitive midfielder.

Mooy's prolific Melbourne City career

A two-time Player of the Year at Melbourne City, Mooy carried his exceptional form from his first season into the most recent A-League campaign, scoring 11 times and contributing 21 assists – a record in competition history.

Emerging as a rising star for the Australian national team, his move to the two-time Premier League Champion for an undisclosed fee will provide access to world class support networks offered by City Football Group.

Aaron Mooy

Brian Marwood, Managing Director, 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.”

Melbourne City coach John van't Schip also endorsed the move, thanking Mooy for his contribution to the club.

“Aaron was a fantastic contributor to Melbourne City and we must first and foremost thank him for his involvement and impact during his time at the Club,” van’t Schip said.

“He is deserving of his new opportunity and we wish him all the best for the future."

Aaron Mooy
Meanwhile, Melbourne City have also announced fellow Aussies Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres will move in the opposite direction on loan deals. 

Brattan was signed by Manchester City from Brisbane Roar in October last year before being sent out on loan to Bolton Wanderers. 

Caceres - who spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan in Melbourne - was bought from Central Coast Mariners.