Manchester City have announced the signing of 19-year-old Australian Daniel Arzani from their partner club Melbourne City.
Arzani was the youngest player at the 2018 World Cup. He came on as a substitute for the Socceroos in all three group games, including against eventual champions France.
The attacking midfielder is now poised to leave the Premier League champions on a loan deal.
Premier League clubs cannot recruit players on loan after Thursday’s summer transfer deadline, so City appear to be suggesting a move abroad.
City signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for £60million and emerging prospects Claudio Gomes, from Paris St Germain, and Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle.
The recruitment of Arzani is with an eye on the future.
City Football Group managing director of global football Brian Marwood said on mancity.com: “In a short period of time, Daniel has developed into one of Australia’s brightest young stars and has demonstrated the drive and raw talent required for success at the highest level.
“This pathway was first forged by Aaron Mooy just two years ago, and we are all delighted to see another Australian-grown talent make this move.
“The combination of City Football Group’s global football structure and the world-leading City Football Academy facilities create an environment in which this pathway can become well-trodden.”
Mooy moved to England in June 2016, spending the 2016-17 season on loan at Huddersfield before completing a permanent transfer to the Terriers last summer for a fee which could rise to £10m.
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