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City deal not yet done: Caceres' agent

  • City deal not yet done: Caceres' agent

A stunning move to Manchester City is yet to be finalised for disillusioned Central Coast midfielder Anthony Caceres, his manager says.

Tony Rallis has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the deal after dismissing reports that claimed the English Premier League giants had already snapped up Caceres.

Rallis admitted it was too difficult to call when the deal would be done, saying it was "out of our control".

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"What I will say is the two clubs are talking and we need to leave it in their jurisdiction," he told AAP.

"We have to wait and see if those two clubs can come to an agreement."

A report emerged that Caceres had already signed with the group that owns Manchester City and could eventually be loaned to A-League outfit Melbourne City.

The City Football Group owns Manchester City, Melbourne City and New York City FC.

Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth has been discussing terms with Manchester City, who have already snapped up ex-Brisbane star Luke Brattan this year.

Caceres has a buy-out clause however in a potential hurdle to a UK move he does not have a European passport, having Uruguayan parents.

Either way, Caceres does not look like remaining at A-League battlers the Mariners for much longer.

An unnamed J-League club were also believed to have made an offer for the 23-year-old, who appears on the outer with Central Coast coach Tony Walmsley since being dropped for the Mariners' New Year's Eve win over Wellington.

A-League clubs Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney had also expressed interest.

Caceres was one of a number of players who were dropped for the drought-breaking win over Wellington.

Also among those overlooked and not sighted in A-League action since - Nick Fitzgerald - left the dead-last club on the weekend with 18 months still left on his deal.

Goalkeeper Liam Reddy and defender Eddy Bosnar have also left the Mariners this season.

The cellar-dwelling Mariners are also on the lookout for a striker after Roy O'Donovan copped an eight-match ban for head-butting Wellington's Manny Muscat.

Walmsley said after their last-round draw with Melbourne Victory that they were "in discussion" with a number of potential international recruits.

He hoped to sign an Australian striker this week with youth-team experience from the English Premier League.

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