The transfer of England defender John Stones from Everton to Manchester City appears to be getting closer after multiple sources reported that he has decided on a move.
Earlier today, BBC Sports presenter Richard Askham reported on Twitter that Stones has made his mind up and wants to join Pep Guardiola’s revolution at the Etihad Stadium.
— richard askam (@richaskam) July 5, 2016
This evening, The Sun has its own exclusive information that Stones and his camp have informed Ronald Koeman that their favoured choice is for the 22-year-old to join City.
Everton have to pay Barnsley a 15% sell-on fee, so want to get as much as they can for Stones. It’s being reported that the centre-back could cost as much as £50 million in a market that is seeing massive inflation this summer with the new TV money. That would be a huge sum and a considerable risk, but Guardiola is said to rate Stones highly and believes he can develop into an elite player. To bring the cost down, it has been suggested that City could offer a player such as Wilfried Bony in exchange.
Pep Guardiola has worked with rough diamonds before, including former City defender Jerome Boateng. This passage from Pep Confidential explains how City’s new manager trained Boateng and helped him become one of the world’s best defenders.