John Stones’ move from Everton to Manchester City is gathering pace following yesterday’s news that he has asked the Merseyside club to let him join City.
With both clubs and the player himself positive to striking a deal, the only remaining hurdle could be the transfer fee. However, according to talkSPORT today, City are willing to bypass the usual drawn-out negotiation process for an in-demand English player and wrap up the deal in time for Stones’ return from holiday.
The radio station reports that an agreement between the two clubs is close, with City expected to pay £53 million, which would make 22-year-old Stones the most expensive defender in history. David Luiz is the current holder of that record after PSG paid Chelsea a sum of £50 million for him in 2014. With the transfer market inflating at a unprecedented pace, this fee for a young English player isn’t too surprising. Burnley, for example, are thought to want over £15 million for Michael Keane, who played in the Championship last year.
City are determined to secure the signature of England’s most promising young centre-back and Everton’s valuation isn’t putting them off. Stones is eager to work with Guardiola, who, it has been reported, is a huge fan and believes he can develop the player into something special. Now it seems just a matter of time – money can buy you Stones, after all.