Man City Make £53m Bid for Man Utd Target
John Stones is on the verge of a £53 million move to Manchester City, the Sun are reporting this morning.
The 22-year-old had been the subject of several bids from Chelsea last summer but neither met Everton’s asking price – it now appears the Citizens have reached an agreement with their fellow Premier League competitors.
New city manager Pep Guardiola appears keen to bring Stones to the Etihad as part of his rebuilding in Manchester City following his arrival this summer.
John Stones has been one of the most sought after defenders in the Premier League over the past 12 months with Manchester United also being linked to the England international this summer since their appointment of José Mourinho this summer.
Mourinho is believed to be a keen admirer of Stones following his numerous bids for the defender last summer as Chelsea manager.
Should the Sun be accurate with the £53 million bid and Manchester City successful in the move, John Stones would then become the world record transfer holder for a defender, currently held by David Luiz following his £50 million move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain before the 2014 World Cup.
The move would make Stones the most expensive defender in history – with former Chelsea man David Luiz currently holding that honour after his £50m move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
John Stones has 10 caps for the England national team and was called up to Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for their shocking Euro 2016 campaign this summer, but did not feature.
Everton are believed to owe Barnsley 20% of the sale as part of their deal when they signed Stones back in 2013.
Stones could become the third big name signing to the Etihad under Guardiola following the arrivals of İlkay Gündoğan and Nolito from Borussia Dortmund and Celta Vigo respectively.
At 22, John Stones has the potential to be part of the Manchester City team for a decade so the money could be well spent provided he turns into the defender that many projected him to be 12 months ago. His development stuttered last season under Roberto Martínez but working under Pep Guardiola and alongside Vincent Kompany can only be a good thing.