Manchester City have made their first signing of the January transfer window.
The Sky Blues have signed midfielder Anthony Caceres from Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners for an undisclosed fee.
After selling the 23-year-old, Mariners head coach Tony Walmsley told the club website: “We need to celebrate when players at the Central Coast Mariners are sold to bigger clubs. It's our charter. It's our intent.
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“When I brought Anthony Caceres to the Mariners his potential was obvious. This move demonstrates how far Anthony has progressed and symbolises how giving youth a chance works for both the Central Coast Mariners and young aspirational footballers.”
According to the Guardian, Caceres, who scored three goals in 62 appearances for the Mariners, isn’t considered a part of City’s first-team plans and could be sold on loan.
City are affiliated with A-League side Melbourne City, an obvious destination for the Australian.
Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to Sky Sports.
Weigl, a defensive midfielder, has been a regular for Dortmund this season and has also appeared for Germany's U21 side.
City are preparing a £19 million bid for the 20-year-old, who joined Dortmund from 1860 Munich in the summer.
It's ironic that Pellegrini is interested in Weigl given that Pep Guardiola, the man tipped to replace the City manager in the summer, is a big admirer of the youngster according to the Daily Mail.
Last month Guardiola announced his plans to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and the former Barcelona manager would be able to utilise Weigl in a similar way to Sergio Busquets.
The rumour could signal City’s intentions to add youth to their central midfield. Yaya Toure (32), Fernandinho (30) and Fernando (28) are Pellegrini’s current midfield options.
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