Manchester City in talks to sign £50m Everton defender John StonesPublished July 28, 2016
Manchester City are reportedly in talks to sign Everton defender John Stones according to the BBC.
The Etihad Stadium side, now under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, could well do with defensive reinforcements but may not be willing to meet Everton’s £50m price-tag.
The 22-year-old has matured into a top young prospect during his time at Goodison Park and is now a regular in the England national team set-up and may well jump at the chance of securing a high-profile move this summer and no doubt a Man City switch would also see the former Barnsley man secure a massive pay-rise to boot.
There is growing speculation that Eliaquim Mangala could be on his way out and Vincent Kompany struggled with form and fitness last season and as such a move for a fresh option is not surprising.
Pep Guardiola has himself discussed this very issue in a recent press conference, stating;
“I believe when the ball goes from a central defender to a striker, the ball comes back as quickly as it goes, and we have to make it clear that we are building up in our first process, whether that is defenders or midfielders, and that is why we need players of quality, to play in that style, and we have the players to do that. By 31 August, we will have the right players to play the way we want.”
Everton are under new management with Ronald Koeman now at the helm, replacing Roberto Martinez in the hot-seat, and much was expected with regards to the addition of new faces at the Merseyside outfit but as yet this has not materialized.