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Manchester City Leading The Race For United and Barcelona Target

Everton's English defender John Stones (L) vies with Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Manchester City and Everton the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 27, 2016. Manchester City won the match 3-1. / AFP / Paul Ellis / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been quite the week for United fans, but now there’s finally some bad news.

It seems as though John Stones won’t be following Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the door at Old Trafford and instead will be plying his trade in the blue half of Manchester.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law reports:

“Manchester City are prepared to pay up to £50million to land John Stones and are confident of signing the defender.

“Everton have placed the £50m valuation on Stones, but that has done  nothing to deter City and a firm bid is expected to be placed  imminently. “

Law adds:

“Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea have also been chasing  Stones, but City are confident (they’ll sign him)

New City manager Pep Guardiola has earmarked Stones as a key part of  his revolution and his determination to get the 22-year-old was  strengthened by Aymeric Laporte’s decision to stay at Athletic Bilbao.”

While it’s not yet known just how interested United were in the Everton starlet but it will regardless be a blow to José Mourinho’s hopes of signing another centre-back following the arrival of Eric Bailly.

Meanwhile, it looks like a great acquisition for the Citizens as they look forward to the one of the most exciting seasons in their history.

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