Celtic could form a dream duo at Parkhead in the January transfer window after being linked with a move for Shanghai SIPG midfielder Aaron Mooy.
According to the Daily Mail, the highly-rated 31-year-old is Ange Postecoglou’s top target ahead of the upcoming transfer window as the Bhoys manager looks to bolster his engine room options.
The Hoops are currently lacking strength in depth in the middle of the park after losing Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham over the summer, and Mooy could be the ideal solution.
After beginning his career in his homeland, the Australia international was picked up by Bolton Wanderers as a youngster before being loaned to St Mirren, where he made 30 appearances in all competitions.
However, things didn’t work out for Mooy during his first spell in England, and Western Sydney Wanderers brought him home in 2014.
The £6.75m-rated maestro then rose to prominence after earning a move to Manchester City’s sister club Melbourne City two years later. His eye-catching displays earned a move to Huddersfield Town, and Mooy played a pivotal part in their promotion to the Premier League.
A return of 11 goals and 15 assists in 120 outings in Yorkshire for Mooy saw David Wagner call him a “top-class” talent during his time at the John Smith’s Stadium, as the Australian become a crucial cog in his setup.
Nevertheless, following the Terriers’ relegation in 2019, the box-to-box dynamo moved to Brighton and Hove Albion, where he completed his most recent campaign in English football, and his underlying numbers highlight how influential he was.
As per WhoScored, Mooy averaged 0.7 crosses and 1.3 key passes per game in his 31 Premier League appearances throughout 2019/20, placing him in the top three for both metrics when compared to his former teammates.
Since then, he has continued to impress in China, and he could be reunited with his former international manager at Celtic as a result. However, perhaps it’s the prospect of the exciting midfielder linking up with Kyogo Furuhashi at Paradise which will really excite the Glaswegian fanbase.
The Japan international has already found the back of the net 13 times this season, and with the support of Mooy – a player who has proven record of providing defence-splitting passes at the highest level – Furuhashi’s goal threat could increase even further upon his potential arrival.
It remains to be seen if the Celtic hierarchy can entice Mooy back to Scottish football, but it’s certainly a move that the club’s chiefs should carefully consider.