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Sky Blues lining-up £50million to hijack Chelsea and Manchester United target - fans will be happy

With reports from top sources claiming Everton are reportedly demanding £50 million for John Stones, the Sky Blues new manager Pep Guardiola is known to be an admirer of Stones and remains confident on having the England international on his roaster.

The Toffees stood on their word last summer that the England youngster would not be sold as they rejected all three bids that was submitted for him and also restrict any attempts whatsoever that might be linking the England defender away from the Goodison Park. However, looking at the financial circumstances at Manchester City today, it will see the Citizens pursue their interest at any cost.

However, Toffees would ideally like to keep hold of their man this summer and resist selling their young sensation, but the England might be allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer if City are willing to pay a price that would make him Britain’s most expensive defender of all time.

The reason behind this huge amount for the defender is that Stones’ former club Barnsley would pocket 15% and therefore could earn £7.5m of any transfer on him. He has made 77 League appearances since his move to Everton in 2013, scoring one goal. After impressive performances in recent seasons, he has also got himself ten caps for England.

Farhad Moshi the club owner reportedly set to give Koeman £100 million to spend this summer and selling Stones will bring in more additional funds for the club. The Toffees are being linked with making four big signings this summer.

The problem the Citizens are facing mostly in recent seasons is the lack of a good central defence in the squad as club most preferred choice also the captain Vincent Kompany has been battling with nonstop injuries that saw him ruled out of Euro 2016.

In addition, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala, have both on/off seasons and City have parted ways with Martin Demichelis another choice would could be used as substitute for Komany.

22-year-old John Stones is surely a Guardiola-type player, he played the role of a centre-back player who is always looking forward to bring the forward and submit a pass between the lines.

Instead of hoofing the ball up to the air, Stones play is quite similar to a deep lying midfielder comparable to the playing styles of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere both of Arsenal and of course, he is naturally a defender but he certainly drives the ball forward and he have a good passing range of a midfielder.

Due to his playing style, Stones can be guilty of holding on to the ball for too long and being dispossessed in dangerous areas, this will what Guardiola will need to correct as he looks up in bolstering his squad ahead of next season.

However, at such a tender age Stones can learn when to and when not to release the ball, something Guardiola will be hoping to work on.

It would certainly be good for England to have Guardiola mentoring Stones, which would give the player a good chance of fulfilling his potential.

Stones had a poor season to say the least last season, partly due to the fact he had his heart set on a summer move to Chelsea the previous summer. Citizens retain full hope in the player, trust his ability, and they are hopeful in tying him down this summer. With rival England clubs such as Chelsea and ManchesterUnited also interested in Stones, we take a look at how he compares to their current crop of defenders.

Being a defender in one of the toughest leagues in the world, and be able to win tackles successfully is a major factor of being an excellent defender. Stones have won a very good 1.26 tackles, which is better than his opponents are. Smalling is second with 1.19, Kompany third with 1.06 and Terry last 0.80.

Interested clubs would need to worry about Stones defensive errors; the England comes top with 0.15 which to be frank, not very good at all. John Terry of Chelsea FC comes second with 0.05 and both Kompany and Smalling of Manchester United have a score of 0 when it comes to defensive errors which is indeed, a very good result.

An interception in defence is known to be as big as an assist in attack. Smalling playing for Manchester United has completely defeated his rivals with this impressive stat and has a very good score of 2.77. Terry is second with 1.74 and Stones closely behind on 1.70 Kompany came last with 1.63.

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