Man Utd Target Told Club He Wants City Move
Manchester United target John Stones has told Everton he wants to join Manchester City, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Stones is hoping the two clubs will agree a move during this summer’s transfer window.
The Liverpool Echo is claiming that the 22-year-old has held talks with Ronald Koeman to inform the new manager at Goodison Park that he plans to leave this summer.
Morgan Schneiderlin was the only star that Koeman did not allow to leave when he was in charge of Southampton 24 months ago as the Premier League overachievers that season saw a mass raid of their club with the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all depart. The Dutch manager seemingly doesn’t hold players back against their will which is great news for Manchester City.
It has previously been reported that Everton want at least £50 million for the England international and that the Merseyside-based newspaper are even reported that they are planning for life without their star defender.
John Stones has been at Everton since January 2013 when he joined from then Championship side Barnsley in a £3 million deal.
Since then he has become one of the highest-rated youngsters in world football and has gone on to win 10 caps for the England national team under Roy Hodgson. He is an excellent reader of the game and comfortable on the ball, though did have a poor end to last season under Roberto Martínez – though it is worth noting that the majority of the squad did before the Spanish manager was dismissed.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for John Stones this summer following the arrival of José Mourinho. 12 months ago the Portuguese coach was keen to bring him to Chelsea before seeing numerous bids rejected by Everton that summer.
Now that Stones has made it clear that he wants to join United’s noisy neighbours it would appear that Pep Guardiola’s side are leading the race to sign John Stones. It will be interesting to see in the next couple of weeks whether José Mourinho is able to swing things in his favour.