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United talent believed Melbourne-bound

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Midfield sensation Taras Gomulka looks headed for the Adelaide United exit door.

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The youngster, who debuted under interim coach Carl Veart, looks set to accept a deal with beaten grand finalists Melbourne City.

He started all of the Reds’ last five A-League games, dislodging team mate Louis D’Arrigo from the starting line-up.

Sources have told Indaily that Adelaide United have offered a scholarship contract to the talented youngster but Melbourne City are willing to offer Gomulka a senior deal.

Melbourne City has made a habit of signing players from the Reds, and Gomulka’s potential exit will add to that list.

Indaily understands that Gomulka was a late withdrawal from Adelaide United’s NPL team on the weekend owing to his impending exit.

The NPL team has been struggling in recent times, owing primarily to the fact some of its most talented players – the Toure brothers, Gomulka, Brook and Ochsenham – were in the A-League hub in New South Wales.

Those players have recently returned to the team, in the hope that the Reds can avoid relegation.

Losing Gomulka would be a blow for United, who have intentionally taken a path to promote and develop youngsters with the hope of selling them for a fee.

But, with the A-League being a salary capped league and a major cap reduction expected next season, it is not surprising that some players will seek financial security.

The City Group (which owns Melbourne City) also has an impressive and ever-growing network of clubs across the globe which makes them an appealing choice for young players.

InDaily further understand Gomulka’s agent – Adrian Griffin ­– has been actively seeking this deal for his client. Mr Griffin is the son of former Adelaide United Chairman Greg Griffin.

An Adelaide United spokesperson said the club would not comment on player contract negotiations.

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