By Tom Blackburn
Manchester City have completed the signing of Everton defender John Stones – and the fee is reported to be £47.5million.
City announced the deal via Twitter and on their website after Stones signed a six-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2022.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2016
City hastily made the announcement after UEFA published their squad for the two-legged Champions League squad against Steaua Bucharest on and Stones was listed as the number 24 in Pep Guardiola’s squad even though he was officially an Everton player at that point.
The fee is still undisclosed, but Sky Sports claim that the defender has cost the Manchester side £47.5million.
Man City confirm they've signed John Stones from Everton. Fee £47.5m. Second most expensive defender in world, after David Luiz. 6 year deal
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 9, 2016
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career,” Stones told the Manchester City website.
“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.
“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.
“I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”
The fee is comfortably a new record either incoming or outgoing for the Merseyside club.
The highest sum Everton have received was £27million when Maroanne Fellaini joined Manchester United in 2013, while their record outlay is the £28million spent to entice Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea 12 months later.
Stones showed flashes of potential throughout a tumultuous season for Everton in 2015-16, playing in 41 games in all competitions, but he did not figure for England at Euro 2016 after being omitted in favour of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill.
Toffees fans will hope Everton can sign a replacement now the deal is done, with just two experienced central defenders left at the club in Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori.
In other Everton transfer news, a date has been set for final Everton striker bid to be tabled.