The move comes fresh off a breakout Hyundai A-League season with Melbourne City, which saw the 19-year-old earn the NAB Young Footballer of the Year gong and a spot in Australia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
Promoted from Melbourne City’s Y-League squad in the 2016-17 season at just 17 years old, Arzani forced his way into the first team and became a regular for Warren Joyce in 2017/18.
The 19-year-old arrived in the UK on Wednesday to finalize the terms of the transfer. One of the brightest young talents to have emerged from Australian football in recent years, Arzani became the youngest ever player to be named in a World Cup squad for the Australia national team when he traveled to Russia this summer. He was also the youngest player in the tournament and came on as a substitute in the latter stages of the group stage game against France.
Arzani has been a name on the lips of Australian football fans for a few seasons now. After joining Melbourne City in 2016, the following 2017-18 A-League campaign became his breakthrough season, where his exciting attacking play saw him win a host of admirers, culminating in him being named the league’s Young Footballer of the Year award. He also picked up the Harry Kewell medal for the best U23 player in Australia.
Melbourne City Head Coach, Warren Joyce, said he expects Arzani to be one of many City young guns to develop into one of Australia’s best.
“Daniel has worked hard over the past couple of years and took his chance when it came,” said Joyce.
“We’ve got a talented group of young players at Melbourne City and Daniel’s move provides even more drive for them to further their development in the senior squad.
“We’ve just returned from a preseason trip to India where we gave 10 of our younger players a chance to play in front of a big crowd and test themselves against ISL’s Kerala Blasters and LaLiga’s Girona FC.