Editorial use only. No merchandising. For Football images FA and Premier League restrictions apply inc. no internet/mobile usage without FAPL license - for details contact Football Dataco Mandatory Credit: Photo by BPI/REX Shutterstock (4917808bc) John Stones of Everton Football - Club Friendlies 2015 Duncan Ferguson Testimonial - Everton v Villarreal Goodison Park, Goodison Rd, Liverpool, United Kingdom - 2 Aug 2015

Pep Guardiola has done some smart business this summer.

Having moved to the Premier League for the first time in his career, the Spanish maestro is looking at possible additions to the squad to help his team go into the next season adequately stacked in terms of personnel.

The manager has already brought in a number of players in different positions to increase the quality in the squad and also the depth of the squad.

However, one player who has eluded the former Bayern manager is Everton starlet John Stones.

The 22-year old England international was one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season and though he faded away at the end of the campaign, he has attracted interests from a number of clubs in England and in Europe.

The likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City were all linked with a move for the player but a glitch by the UEFA has now revealed the future of the England international.

In a hasty decision, the UEFA listed John Stones as a part of Manchester City’s Champions League squad on their official website and have also handed him the number 24 shirt.

Here is screenshot of the web-page:


No official announcement of a deal is out yet but it was revealed yesterday that City were closing in on this signature in the coming days.

It is also revealed that the Citizens have paid £42million up right for his services and may have to pay add-ons as his career takes shape under Guardiola.

This fee is now a British World Record in the transfer market having broken over the £30m Manchester United paid to Southampton for Luke Shaw a couple of years ago.

This signing is set to be the 6th for Guardiola in England with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, Nolito, Alexander Zinchenko and Aaron Mooy already added to the squad at the Etihad.

This transfer will see Vincent Kompany and John Stones play at the heart of the defense for Manchester City and by the looks of it, the Etihad outfit now has a formidable squad that can compete for the title for years to come.


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