Manchester City in talks to sign top transfer target

Manchester City are in advanced talks over the transfer of England defender John Stones, according to BBC Sport.

The Everton centre-back has been linked with a move to the Etihad all summer, and it appears he could finally be on the verge of a transfer, with the report announcing that whilst no deal has been agreed, the two clubs aren’t drastically far from finding an appropriate fee.

BBC Sport believe that City will go on to pay £50million for Stones, who cost the Toffees just £3million when he signed from Barnsley in 2013.

Man City conceded 41 goals last season, more than any other top 5 team, as they snuck into the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot by goal difference.

And new boss Pep Guardiola, who has come in searching to win their 3rd Premier League title, is reportedly a big fan of Stones, and wants a ball-playing centre-back at the Etihad next season.

Speaking to the press, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said:

“we need to have a good build-up to create easy passes in the midfield so they can create good passes for the strikers. I believe when the ball goes from the central defender to the striker as quickly as possible, it comes as quickly as possible back.”

Manchester City kick off the new season against Sunderland on August 13th.