Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Anthony Caceres, his club the Central Coast Mariners have announced.
The 23-year-old has since made 62 league appearances since joining the Mariners in 2012 and has also appeared in three editions of the AFC Champions League.
But after catching the eye for the club, it was clear Caceres was destined for bigger things and Mariners coach Tony Walmsley says he is looking forward to seeing the player in the Premier League.
“We need to celebrate when players at the Central Coast Mariners are sold to bigger clubs. It’s our charter. It’s our intent,” Walmsley told the Mariners official website.
“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.”
Caceres is the second A-League player to join City this season, following on from Luke Brattan who joined in October from the Brisbane Roar and was then loaned out to Championship outfit Bolton.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the player is likely to be loaned out, with Melbourne City mentioned as possibilities.
“He will come here but probably he will go on loan,” said the 62-year-old.
“He’s not part of the squad at this moment. The club are always thinking about the future.”
Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip said he was not certain whether he would end up playing for his side, which was bought by Manchester City in 2014.
“We can’t comment on [a potential loan move] but of course everybody knows he’s a good player, he’s one of the better players in the A-League. So we’ll just have to see,” van’t Schip said.