Manchester City finally ready to land John Stones for £50m

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  John Stones of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on August 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

John Stones is set to finally become a Manchester City player following reports tonight that the club are ready to meet Everton’s minimum asking price and offer £50 million for the England defender.

Journalists on tour in China from the Independent, Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Star are all reporting that City will pay more than they originally intended to for 22-year-old Stones.

Stones is eager to work with Pep Guardiola and recently took the big step of telling new Everton boss Ronald Koeman that he wants a move to the Etihad. Despite not having the best seasons in the last campaign, City see Stones as the leading English defender for the next decade, according to the Independent, and are willing to pay a massive fee to land him.

Stylistically, Stones is perfectly suited to Guardiola, with an excellent passing range and technical ability, and the City boss will look to improve his all-round game like he did Jérôme Boateng at Bayern Munich.

Manchester United and Chelsea had also targeted Stones, with José Mourinho having shown interest at both clubs, but the young defender has decided that he wants to work with Pep Guardiola. With City now willing to go the extra distance, it seems only a matter of time before he is wearing the sky blue shirt.

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