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. “
“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.