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Pep Guardiola wants to sign ‘Welsh John Stones’ from Swansea, Celtic also keen – report

Pep Guardiola loves a good ball-playing centre-back and having signed John Stones a year ago for Everton, is keen to snap up a player of a similar profile – this one from Swansea’s under-23 squad.

Swans starlet Joe Rodon, who doesn’t turn 20 until next month, has emerged as a target for Manchester City, Alan Nixon reports in today’s edition of The Sun on Sunday, and the Blues are looking into doing a deal for the highly-rated youngster.

Compared to Stones because of his excellent footballing ability, Rodon is being tipped to make a Premier League breakthrough in the near future, and should City make their move he will have to make a big decision of whether to stay with his hometown club or join City, where competition for places would be tougher.

Celtic, coached by former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers, are also interested in the Wales under-21 international and are actively searching for a new centre-back, having identified that as a problem position.

If the circumstances are right Celtic could appeal to Rodon, given their track record of developing young players – Virgil van Dijk for example. However, the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola, who himself has helped many young players reach their potential, could also tempt the in-demand Welshman.

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