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Manchester City are preparing a £50 million bid to secure the signing of John Stones from Everton, according to The Telegraph.
Manchester City’s new incoming manager Pep Guardiola seems to have set his eyes on Everton center-back John Stones, after having failed to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao – who rejected City’s offer in favour of staying with his current club, and signed a new release clause worth €65 million.
Guardiola is believed to be a huge fan of Stones, and wants the youngster to be his primary ball-playing defender in the Manchester City defence, especially with Martin Demichelis leaving, Vincent Kompany being consistently injured, and Eliaquim Mangala being repeatedly in and out of form.
Manchester City will therefore make a bid worth £50 million to secure Stones’ services. They will also look to wrap the deal up as soon as possible, so as to make the youngster available for Guardiola before their pre-season tour begins.
However, City are not the only club interested in the the 22-year-old’s services. Rumours suggest that their arch-rivals Manchester United, as well as Chelsea, are also showing keen interest in the defender.
Jose Mourinho is also a known admirer of Stones, and tried to lure him to Chelsea last summer by making numerous offers for him, but to no avail. But it remains very likely that the Special One will try his luck again, and convince Stones to join him at his new home – the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford.
Everton, who have remained adamant on holding on to their young starlet, may finally let go of him if they receive an offer worth £50 million in return, as they believe the sum is more than fair, given Stones’ average performances last season.
Moreover, the £50m will also prove to be a good addition to the transfer kitty Ronald Koeman will receive to build his own squad at the Merseyside club.