Anthony Caceres of Melbourne City dribbles the ball in round 17.
Anthony Caceres of Melbourne City dribbles the ball in round 17. PAUL MILLER

City loses attacking star, and more could follow

MELBOURNE City's transfer merry-go-round continues apace, with Anthony Caceres departing for the UAE.

And there could be more departures to come.

Osama Malik has been linked to a club in Japan, while Luke Brattan still has not signed for 2017-18.

Caceres was owned by Manchester City and was on loan with its sister club in Melbourne.

But the attacking midfielder has now been transferred to Al Wasl, with the 24-year-old pictured on social media signing a contract with officials from the Dubai-based club.

Public confirmation by the City Football Group is expected to be imminent.

It remains entirely possible both Malik and Brattan will remain in City colours.

But new coach Warren Joyce's midfield stocks were bolstered by the signing of Stefan Mauk this week, while the failed pursuit of James Troisi as marquee suggests the club remains in the market for another player in that area of the pitch.

 

Luke Brattan playing for Melbourne City in the A-League against the Perth Glory.
Luke Brattan playing for Melbourne City in the A-League against the Perth Glory. TONY MCDONOUGH

Malik, signed in January 2016, has one year left on his contract.

Brattan, like Caceres, was on loan from City's parent club in Manchester last season.

But while the club had previously extended Caceres' loan deal for this season before this week's sudden transfer, no news has been forthcoming about Brattan's situation.

The 27-year-old has been training with City since day one of pre-season and so was expected to remain. He featured in the club's first two pre-season friendlies.

The situation is expected to be resolved in the next week.

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