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SPORT: John Stones very close to joining Manchester City

Respected Spanish journalist Gerard Romero is reporting tonight that Everton and England defender John Stones is close to joining Manchester City.

In his article for SPORT, Romero says that Stones will form a partnership with Aymeric Laporte in a new-look defence under Pep Guardiola.

Romero’s information seems to come from a meeting held in Barcelona last week. He reveals that Stones’ agent Paul Martin was in town to talk to the Catalan club, who also admire the 22-year-old, but when the meeting ended Martin came away thinking a move to Barca was impossible. The Spanish champions seem to be operating on a tighter budget this summer and Everton will demand a huge fee for Stones.

‘In the end, City will sign the player’ says Romero, who has a reputation of being a reliable journalist.

Stones has long been linked with a move to City, with English journalists also saying Guardiola wants both Stones and Laporte as part of a major overhaul at the Etihad. The arrival of these two promising young centre-backs could spell the end for Eliaquim Mangala, who has been linked with moves to Italy and Spain recently.

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