A-League and Australian transfer news and rumours: Socceroo Awer Mabil to leave Midtjylland with big bid received

It’s off-season for the A-League and many competitions in Europe, but transfer news surrounding Australian talent – both domestic and overseas – never stops.

Sporting News rounds up all the transfer tidbits and rumours surrounding Australia’s domestic competition and national team players.

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July 18 – Awer Mabil to be sold by Midtjylland with AGF circling

Socceroos attacker Awer Mabil will be sold by Danish club FC Midtjylland over the coming weeks, reports Ekstra Bladet

Mabil was granted extended leave over the summer to return to Australia but is expected to return to Denmark soon where a transfer is being lined up for him. 

According to AGF Rygter, the Australian has attracted a bid of around AU$1.75 million from AGF, who are no strangers to recruiting players from Down Under. 

David Nielsen’s side took in Daniel Arzani on loan last season, while Alex Gersbach and Zach Duncan are both permanent members of AGF’s current squad. 

Mabil fell down the pecking order at Midtjylland over the past year where he was used most as a substitute last season and scored just three goals. 

Western Sydney lining up million-dollar deal for Socceroo

Western Sydney Wanderers are reportedly poised to sign Australian attacker Chris Ikonomidis as part of a massive million-dollar deal. 

Ikonomidis is off contract at Perth Glory, who wanted to re-sign the 26-year-old, and has also attracted interest from Melbourne Victory.

The Wanderers have seemingly won the race to sign the 14-time Socceroo however and will flex their financial muscle to ensure Ikonomidis dons the red and black next season.

Read the full story here on Sporting News!

Besart Berisha a free agent after Western United departure

The A-League’s all-time top scorer Besart Berisha is now a free agent after being released by Western United. 

Berisha has spent the past two seasons with Western United and is reportedly eager to play on at the age of 35. 

July 16 – Wanderers chasing Terry Antonis and Chris Ikonomidis


Western Sydney Wanderers could be about to ramp up their recruitment significantly with two Australian stars in their sights.

According to journalist Val Migliaccio, the club are looking to sign both Chris Ikonomidis and Terry Antonis. 

The duo have both previously lined up in red and black with Ikonomidis playing for Perth Glory last season and Antonis currently contracted to South Korean side Suwon Bluewings. 

Western Sydney have seen several players depart this off-season with Bruce Kamau sealing a move to Greece and Socceroo Mitch Duke not expected to return after his loan stint. 

Sydney FC announce James Donachie signing with Simpsons video

Australian defender James Donachie was confirmed as a new Sydney FC player on Friday after being released by Newcastle Jets. 

The 28-year-old was most recently playing in India for FC Goa and has also previously lined up in the A-League for Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory.

The Sky Blues turned to iconic TV show The Simpsons to announce Donachie’s arrival in unique fashion. 

July 15 – John Aloisi named new Western United coach

Western United have turn to former Socceroo John Aloisi as their coach for the next two seasons after parting ways with Mark Rudan at the end of last season. 

“We are thrilled with this appointment and we’re looking forward to John’s arrival at Western United,” Western United chairman Jason Sourasis said.

“Throughout the recruitment process, John stood out as someone who reflects the values of Western United. His desire to be successful and to create a high performing sporting environment was impressive.

“This appointment complements our goal of achieving sustainable success.”

Aloisi has previously coached at Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar with the Aussie’s last managerial job dating back to 2018. 

Melbourne Victory make consecutive signings

After confirming the signing of defender Jason Geria on Wednesday, Melbourne Victory have further bolstered with the recruitment of midfielder Josh Brillante

Brillante was most recently playing in Greece for Xanthi and has previously lined up for Melbourne City and Sydney FC in the A-League. 

“The opportunity to contribute in the short term but also to the long-term success of Melbourne Victory is a great opportunity,” Brillante said.

“I have worked with the boss before and I know the experience and expertise he and his team bring to the club as well as his coaching approach.

“I believe there is a real opportunity to be a part of something great and to drive the next wave of success at Melbourne Victory. This is an opportunity I want to be a part of.”

July 14 – Nikita Rukavytsya linked with Victory, Wanderers and Glory

Socceroos striker Nikita Rukavytsya is being hunted by Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory, according to reports from Israel.

The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving Israel’s Maccabi Haifa, with Israeli outlet One   reporting the forward is subject to attention from the three A-League clubs.

The publication also stated Maccabi Tel Aviv were in the running for Rukavytsya’s services.

In a message reposted on Rukavytsya’s Instagram  story, a friend wrote a goodbye message to the attacker featuring the words, ‘good luck in Australia’.

Rukavytsya has won consecutive golden boots in Israel’s top division – scoring 41 goals in 64 games.


Tomi Juric bound for Macarthur after Adelaide exit

Australian attacker Tomi Juric will soon sign for Macarthur FC following his departure from Adelaide United. 

The Reds confirmed Juric’s exit on Wednesday with ex-player Robbie Cornthwaite revealing the 29-year-old will remain in the A-League with the Bulls.

Macarthur have had a productive off-season to date having already signed big names like Ulises Davilla and Craig Noone. 

July 13 – Socceroos no.1 Mat Ryan signs with La Liga side Real Sociedad

Australia’s premier goalkeeper Mat Ryan has signed a two-year contract with La Liga club Real Sociedad.

Ryan has been looking for another club ever since being frozen out of Premier League side Brighton last season, and spending the second half of the campaign on loan at Arsenal.

The 29-year-old’s contract with the San Sebastian club also includes an option for a third year on Spain’s northern coast.

“I will work hard and I can’t wait to get started playing for the team,” Ryan said in a statement after his signing.

Real Sociedad are scheduled to begin their La Liga campaign against Barcelona at Camp Nou on August 16 (AEST).


Socceroos hotshot Nikita Rukavytsya leaves Maccabi Haifa, putting A-League clubs on alert

A-League clubs have been put alert after star Australian striker Nikita Rukavytsya failed to agree a new contract with his Israeli club Maccabi Haifa.

The 34-year-old forward has won Israel’s top division golden boot in the past two seasons – scoring 41 goals in 64 games – but looks set to end his five-year stint with Haifa.

Rukavytsya has been linked with a return to his first club in Israel – Beitar Jerusalem – while several Indian Super League teams are also believed to be interested.

Several Australian sides are looking for a new striker with A-League giant Melbourne Victory parting ways recently with Rudy Gestede, while Rukavytsya’s former clubs Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory also likely to be keen.

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July 12 – Ange Postecoglou pushing for new players at Celtic

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou admits Celtic must start signing players as he looks to fill the void left by recent departures. 

“We need some players to come in because we lost a fair few from last year. It is not an easy process at the moment, but we are pushing hard and hopefully we will get some in the next few days,” Postecoglou said. 

“We need players in a number of positions, it’s not just one. Even looking at those who have gone from last season, purely on numbers, we need players.”

While Maty Ryan is no longer expected to join the Hoops, Aaron Mooy is another Aussie Postecoglou may still have his sights on. 

Departing Sydney FC star opens to door to A-League stay

German attacker Alexander Baumjohann has revealed he’s received offers from other A-League clubs after leaving Sydney FC earlier this month. 

The 34-year-old believes he can still play on for a few more years yet and has enjoyed his time living in Australia. 

“The quality of life here is excellent, I want to live in Sydney with my wife and two daughters after my professional career,” Baumjohann told kicker .

“The first year with the Western Sydney Wanderers was perfect to get into. And the spontaneous move to Sydney FC in 2019 was a stroke of luck for me.

“And maybe I will continue in the A-League, some clubs have asked.” 

July 10 – A-League attacker Matt Derbyshire leaves Macarthur

Star A-League marksman Matt Derbyshire has left Macarthur FC to join Cypriot side AEK Larnaca.

The 35-year-old scored 14 goals in Macarthur’s inaugural season, to finish second in the league golden boot to Melbourne City’s Jamie Maclaren.

Macarthur confirmed they secured an undisclosed fee for Derbyshire, who was contracted to play for the new franchise in 2021-22.

Derbyshire is a familiar sight in the Cypriot First Division, having played four seasons for Omonia Nicosia before his journey Down Under.

Macarthur also revealed they have signed Melbourne City winger Craig Noone on a two-year contract.

Callum McManaman swaps Victory for League Two’s Tranmere Rovers

After his departure from Melbourne Victory was confirmed, Callum McManaman has signed with League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

The 30-year-old scored four goals for the A-League club, before a mutual release allowed the winger to return to England, with a year still remaining on his Victory contract.

This will be the first time McManaman has played in an English league below the Championship, with seven seasons also in the Premier League with Wigan and West Brom.

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July 9 – Steve Corica open to Japan move

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is open to coaching opportunities in Japan but won’t be replacing Ange Postecoglou at J-League side Yokohama F.Marinos.

“Many people would know Stevie played in Japan and developed many close relationships. Over the last two, three months there have been some enquiries about his appetite or ambition to maybe coach in the country he successfully played in and that’s as far as it’s gone,” football agent Tony Rallis told Triple M’s Real Football Show .

“Yokohama F.Marinos, we’ve not had any contact with them, and my understanding is Kevin Muscat was always going to be the coach subject to visa applications being successful.

“He (Corica) has got extremely fond memories of Japan…his ambition is to coach abroad and a great transitional league as we’ve seen with Ange Postecoglou is Japan.”  

July 7 – Perth Glory close to major re-signing

Spanish veteran Diego Castro is now likely to re-sign with Perth Glory, claims A-League Hub. 

Castro, who recently turned 39, is currently off contract and has struggled with injury in recent seasons but has seemingly been convinced to play on. 

While Glory are close to retaining their Spaniard, both Joel Chianese and Chris Ikonomidis are expected to depart amidst interest from elsewhere. 

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