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Deal close: Man City set to secure surprise midfield addition

PellegriniManchester City fans enjoying a drink at the bar may be left confused by reports that they are set to make Australian playmaker Anthony Caceres their first signing of the January transfer window.

City are in advanced talks with Central Coast Mariners for the 23-year-old, who also has an offer from an unnamed J-League club, if reports in Australia are to believed.

With the City Football Group having expanded to Australia in the form of Melbourne City, the Blues have been down under in search of players earlier in the season when they signed Luke Brattan from Brisbane.

Midfielder Brattan was immediately loaned out to Bolton following his England switch, although the 25-year-old did not manage a single game for the Championship club.

According to Australian local media, the transfer is priced at around $500,000 for the playmaker, who has 18 months left on his contract.

Reports also suggest that the player could be loaned to City’s sister club and the Mariners’ A-League rivals Melbourne City in a similar way to Brattan, due to the fact that Caceres does not hold a European passport and could struggle to gain a work permit.

However, Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth confirmed that he has been in discussions with City over the future of the Caceres.

“I didn’t know there was any public information out there until I heard that this morning,”

“I do know that Mike Charlesworth has been in dialogue with the City Group. Caceres has got a transfer fee built into his contract. If Mike and the head of the City Group have come to an agreement, I’ve yet to be told that’s the case.”

“But if it is, what a great opportunity for Caceres to go and try and reach the potential we all think he’s got. The saddest thing was he didn’t stay around to finish his contract – if he does go – and see out his potential here and get a real big signing somewhere else.”

“I’m sure whatever deal is struck, Mike will be looking after the club’s best interests.”

Manchester City fans, what do you make of your club’s renewed desires to look into the Australian transfer market? Let us know in the comments below!

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