UEFA’s Official Website has included John Stones in Manchester City’s Official Squad to play in the Champions League.
The Official Website of UEFA has registered John Stones as part of Manchester City’s UCL squad, and also reveals that the Englishman has been awarded the number 24 shirt.
Manchester City are set to face Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off, as they finished fourth in the Premier League last season. UEFA’s inclusion of Stones in Manchester City’s squad means that the 22-year-old is eligible to play for Manchester City in the playoffs.
Stones has interested Pep Guardiola for most of the duration of this transfer window. The Citizens were looking to toughen up their back four this season, and it seems Stones is the perfect man to do so.
John Stones is set to be officially announced as a Manchester City player within the next 24 hours.
Stones has been in great form for Everton in recent seasons. The 22-year-old has played almost 100 matches for Everton. He began his career as a centre-back, but was later converted to play in a fullback position due to his pace.
The Toffees were reluctant to sell the Englishman, but they found Manchester City’s record offer of £50 million too big to refuse.
The £50 million paid for the defender would be a British transfer fee record, one that was previously held by Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
John will become Manchester City’s sixth signing of the summer. Guardiola has already managed to secure the services of Nolito, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Alexander Zinchenko, and Aaron Mooy.
Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, will now be looking towards Manchester City, as he is believed to be interested in sisning Wilfred Bony.
With Romelu Lukaku looking all set to leave the Merseyside club this summer, the Toffees will be looking for alternatives, and Bony seems as perfect a candidate as any to fill the gap left by the Belgian.