Sydney FC are set to complete their first signing of the January transfer window with Manchester City midfielder Anthony Caceres joining the Sky Blues for the rest of the season.
The 26-year old Australian will go straight into the lineup for Friday’s home game against his former club Central Coast Mariners, subject to an international transfer clearance.
It is yet another loan deal for Caceres who was sold to Manchester City by the Mariners in 2016.
He was immediately loaned to sister club Melbourne City and last season played for UAE outfit Al-Wasl before returning to Melbourne for the 2018/19 campaign.
Sydney coach Steve Corica said the harbour-siders were looking to strengthen ahead of AFC Champions League and the second half of the A-League season.
“Anthony will undoubtedly strengthen out squad and provide further competition for places,” Corica said.
“He is technically gifted and is a very skilful and creative player who I think our Members will enjoy watching.
“With the AFC Champions League coming up and a lot of games for us during January, Anthony’s ability to play as a number 10 or a number six will give us extra depth to our squad.
“I’m looking forward to watching him progress.”
Caceres begins training with the Sky Blues this week and says he jumped at the chance to join the reigning Premiers.
“It was a pretty easy decision to make,” he said. “Sydney FC are the biggest club in the A-League and to get an opportunity to come here, back to my home city, and be part of a talented and successful team is one I couldn’t pass up.
“I think this will take my career to the next level and I am delighted to be part of a successful club that wants to win and push itself every day.
“There is a lot of football to be played, including AFC Champions League and I want to get game time and play as much as I can.”
Caceres will wear the number 17 shirt.