Swooping for Stones would be a risk for either Liverpool or Arsenal

Manchester City are open to selling defender John Stones, who is being monitored by both Liverpool and Arsenal, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

Stones made a huge step up when he left Everton to join City for a whopping £50m in the summer of 2016.

Over the last two seasons, the England international has shown inconsistencies as part of Pep Guardiola’s system.

After dropping to fourth in the pecking order following the arrival of Aymeric Laporte, questions have been raised over Stones’s future.

According to The Sun, the manager would prefer not to sell the 23-year-old, but the club are open to doing a deal if the player himself decides to move on.

The publication adds that Arsenal could be keen as they are in the market for a new defender, while Liverpool are also keeping tabs.

Should Liverpool and Arsenal be wary?

Stones previously admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he does not want to be known as a ball-playing centre-back, but he has adapted to Guardiola’s way of playing, albeit he had some teething problems.

After a shaky spell, he began looking more assured in his role, but this season, Stones has not started a Premier League game since January.

The defender has all the ability to thrive at either Liverpool or Arsenal, but his inconsistency should be a small red flag for both clubs.

The Gunners are in desperate need of a new leader at the back, so moving for Stones could be too much a risk.

For Liverpool, however, Virgil van Dijk has improved his fellow defenders since his arrival at Anfield in January, so perhaps he could do the same for the Man City man.