Manchester City have completed the signing of England centre-back John Stones from Everton for a reported fee of £47.5 million, making him the second most expensive defender in history.
Stones has been given the number 24 shirt and signs a six-year contract that will keep him at the Etihad until at least 2022.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2016
Stones is City’s most expensive recruit of the summer and barring any late surprises, is likely to be the final major signing. He follows İlkay Gündoğan, Nolito and Leroy Sané as signings who will go straight into the first-team fold, while there has also been heavy investment in longer term and less ready-made talents, with Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and Oleksander Zinchenko snapped up.
Speaking to the official site, Stones said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career.
“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.
“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.
“I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”
An announcement was almost forced on City after UEFA revealed this morning that the 22-year-old had been included in City’s Champions League squad.
With an almost 90 per cent pass completion rate and excellent technical ability, Stones is an ideal Pep Guardiola style defender and his arrival comes in the midst of a defensive crisis, with both Vincent Kompany and Nicolás Otamendi injured, and Guardiola reportedly not impressed by Eliaquim Mangala and preferring to experiment with midfielders in defence during pre-season.
Stones is the fourth England international on the books at City, joining Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling.