As soon as Aaron Mooy really hit his straps this year, everyone wrote him off as a certainty to leave and go to Europe.
Everyone seemed convinced that Mooy would leave during the January Transfer window, but after many rumours and speculation, he didn’t.
Yes it is obvious Mooy has the ability to play in nearly any top European competition, and after his stellar season with Melbourne City and with the Socceroos any team would be barking mad not to want his services, City included. However, I’m going to look at the situation differently.
First of all, Aaron is still contracted with City for the 2016-17 season, so City would have to sell him. Any team in the A-League would not hesitate to accept a potential $2-4 million transfer fee for the Socceroos midfielder – all except City.
For the CFG, four million is peanuts, City needs quality players, they don’t need money. City will do all they can to keep Aaron’s services, they will not want to sell him.
The other angle to this story is Aaron’s. He has a young family and would, I presume, love a healthy weekly wage.
Most players in the A-League receive a significant pay when they move on overseas, A-League clubs can’t compete with other leagues pay wages. That is, all clubs bar City.
Mooy can practically name his wage, a luxury he wouldn’t be able to have in Europe. City can pay him whatever he wants, as Aaron is already occupying a Marquee spot. I personally believe Aaron has it very good down at AAMI Park, he can get whatever pay he wants and has the run of the midfield.
What do you think Roarers? Could Aaron follow suit of such Asian players as Omar abdulrahman and Nasser Al-Shamran, who both rejected Europe to continue to dominate their local league, on huge wagers? Or is this just a City supporter’s dream?
Is Aaron Mooy practically out the door?