Arsenal are reportedly chasing Melbourne City captain, Steph Catley, ahead of what would be a summer move for the Australian.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Stephanie Catley of Melbourne City FC during the round 2 W-League match between Canberra United and Melbourne City at McKellar Park on November 24, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 24: Stephanie Catley of Melbourne City FC during the round 2 W-League match between Canberra United and Melbourne City at McKellar Park on November 24, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

With Joe Montemurro at the helm and Cailtlin Foord just arriving, another from down under could be at Arsenal by the summer in what the Herald Sun in Australia calls ‘the growing cast of Aussies in England’.

Considered one of the best-left backs in the world, the 26-year-old Catley has previously worked under Montemurro when he was at Melbourne City.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: (L- R) Sydney FC head coach Dan Barrett and captain Teresa Polias and Melbourne City FC head coach Joe Montemurro and captain Steph Catley pose during a W-League Grand Final media opportunity at AAMI Park on January 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: (L- R) Sydney FC head coach Dan Barrett and captain Teresa Polias and Melbourne City FC head coach Joe Montemurro and captain Steph Catley pose during a W-League Grand Final media opportunity at AAMI Park on January 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Catley signed for Seattle Reign in 2018 from the Orlando Pirates before being sent on loan back to Melbourne. In fact, although she first moved to the States in 2014 to sign for the Portland Thorns, who loaned her out to Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, Catley played more games in Australia while owned by teams  in the USA.

Melbourne City are part of the City group who own Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F. Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Girona FC, Sichuan Jiuniu FC, and Mumbai City FC as well as a host of other football groups in Japan, Singapore, China and India.

Speaking before the World Cup in France during the summer, Catley said, “I’ve also played in America for the last 6 years. Two years in Portland, two in Orlando, and I am now in my second season with Seattle. I’m very proud of my achievements in football but mostly I’m proud of the way I’ve been able to come back from setbacks and life hurdles and still be able to compete and better myself every day.

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Steph Catley of Australia in action during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Norway and Australia at Stade de Nice on June 22, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE – JUNE 22: Steph Catley of Australia in action during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Norway and Australia at Stade de Nice on June 22, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“I’ve been injured a lot, in many cases during major tournaments. And I also lost my father suddenly at the end of last year. Within this, football suddenly doesn’t feel as important, but one thing I’ve learnt is that the people, the unity and the family that you develop with people within football are the most important part of all of it. And for those relationships, I’m forever grateful.”

Knee injuries have been a problem recently which will be certainly something to keep an eye on should the deal go through.

“My career has been a steady incline from the day that I started.” she added. “When I began, I just loved playing. I was the only girl in a boy’s team for six years. I loved the challenge, I loved proving people wrong, I loved winning but mostly I loved getting better. Mum would often threaten that I wouldn’t be allowed to train if I was acting up when I was younger, and to me it was the ultimate threat and would put me straight back into line.”

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