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Aaron Mooy to Manchester City: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07:  Aaron Mooy of the Socceroos controls the ball during the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at Etihad Stadium on June 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Manchester City signed Australia international Aaron Mooy from sister club Melbourne City on Thursday, with the midfielder heading to the Etihad Stadium on a three-year deal.

The Melbourne outfit confirmed the move via Twitter:

Melbourne City FC @MelbourneCity

We can confirm @AaronMooy has signed with @MCFC, @caceresa10 & @lukebrattan sign on loan. 📰 https://t.co/oFYc2VSjC2 https://t.co/JnE1DS0MRs

The 25-year-old joined Melbourne in 2014 and was named the club's player of the year twice in his short time there.

Melbourne also confirmed that, along with Mooy's departure, midfielder Luke Brattan has joined the Australian outfit on loan from City for the forthcoming season, while Anthony Caceres has extended his loan deal with the club to the end of the 2016-17 term.

Mooy made quite an impact during his two seasons with Melbourne, netting 11 goals in the 2015-16 campaign and breaking an A-League record by recording 21 assists, per the club's statement.

City football services managing director Brian Marwood said Mooy's move to Manchester is a great opportunity for the player:

"Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within the City Football Group. With the unique model CFG provides, Aaron’s move to Manchester allows us to further expose him to a high standard of opportunities to ensure his professional growth."

Fox Australia's Daniel Garb speculated that the Sky Blues will loan out the Sydney-born Mooy elsewhere, as he is likely to be low down the pecking order given the depth of their squad:

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Mooy likely to be loaned out. Not that he couldn't do a job for Man City, will just be players ahead in the queue. Hopefully gets his chance

As a creative attacking midfielder, he will compete for a spot in manager Pep Guardiola's squad with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas.

Previously having plied his trade at Bolton Wanderers, St. Mirren and Western Sydney Warriors, a move to the Premier League will be a big step up for Mooy.

He has proved with the Australia national side that he can perform on the big stage, as he has netted six times in 18 international appearances for the Socceroos, per their official website.

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