Manchester City have signed promising young centre-back John Stones from Everton, the transfer fee being in the region of £47.5m. Citizens announced their latest summer signing trough their official twitter handle.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2016
Stones has been given the No.24 shirt in one of the most expensive transfers of all time. The former Everton defender was also a top priority target for both Manchester United and Chelsea. The Blues were agonisingly close to seal the transfer of Stones last summer but Everton made a U-turn at the very last moment.
The 22-year-old England international is believed to have become the second-most expensive defender in football history behind former Chelsea centre-back David Luiz.
Luiz was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £50million, while Stones is believed to be priced just below that mark.
City and Everton have been negotiating his price for quite some time after new boss Guardiola made an opening offer of £40m and the final price is believed to be in the region of £47.5m.
The fee is a British record for money spent on a defender.
Pep Guardiola had already outlined his vision of having a ball-playing centre-half in his squad next season and the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has now successfully landed one of the top prospects in English football.
One team who will likely be celebrating tonight will be Barnsley.
Everton bought Stones three years ago from the Tykes for £3m and the Championship club are believed to have a 15% sell-on clause meaning they will bag a decent sum.
However, the news comes as very little surprise after Uefa put Stones in Manchester City’s Champions League squad on Tuesday morning.
Guardiola had previously admitted he was after the young centre-back and he will be delighted to finally secure the service of his top priority target after all these intriguing negotiations.