Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Aaron Mooy on a three-year deal from their Australian sister club Melbourne City.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been one of the standout players in the A-League throughout the last two seasons while becoming an integral figure in the Australian national team.
But despite making waves in his homeland, Mooy is a virtual unknown beyond Australian shores. Here five things Manchester City fans should know about the Socceroos ace.
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1. STYLE OF PLAY
Mooy is one of the most technically gifted footballers Australia has produced since the golden era of Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill.
But he is different type of player to any of the aforementioned trio – he is best described as a hard-working centre-midfielder with the capacity and intelligence to find space in the penalty area and score goals.
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2. FORMER CLUBS
The Australian – who also holds a Dutch passport – is no stranger to life in the United Kingdom. He began his senior career at Bolton Wanderers and then played for St Mirren in Scotland.
After two years in the Scottish Premier League, Mooy left on a free transfer and returned home to become one of the inaugural signings for A-League franchise Western Sydney Wanders.
The playmaker went on to win the 2012-13 A-League Premiership before joining Melbourne City in May 2014.
3. ACCOLADES GALORE
Mooy scooped the Melbourne City Player of the Year award for his stunning displays throughout the two campaigns he spent with the City Football Group spinoff.
Last season he registered a record-breaking haul of 21 assists and 11 goals as his side finished fourth in the A-League before bowing out at the last-eight stage of the finals series.
4. GLOBAL INTEREST
Mooy’s impressive numbers did not go unnoticed on the other side of the world.
Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth were reportedly among a queue of Premier League admirers, while Belgian giants Club Brugge and Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia are also believed to have considered moves for the in-form midfielder.
5. IS HE PREMIER LEAGUE QUALITY?
Short answer – probably not. The Aussie is expected to be loaned out to help him adjust to the heightened standards of European football.
Manchester City’s acquisition of player who is seemingly unsuitable to feature in their first team is hardly a new phenomenon.
Mooy's arrival is one of three recently completed deals that will see a pair of compatriots and former A-League stars head in the opposite direction.
Anthony Caceres and Luke Brattan are set to return to Melbourne on loan having both signed for the Premier League club within the last 12 months.
This kind of transfer activity is a prime example of why Manchester City purchased the Melbourne franchise: to develop a global network of players they can shift between their subsidiaries to ensure they compete for honours – and fans – across the globe.
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