By Harvey Byrne
John Stones could be set to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and become the third major signing of the Spaniard’s reign in a deal that could be a whopping £50million – and supporters of the Toffees have reacted with mixed emotions over the transfer.
The Toffees have placed a £50million valuation on Stones, but that has done nothing to deter City and a firm bid is expected to be placed imminently.
The centre-back has showed flashes of potential throughout a tumultuous season for Everton, 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.
Many Everton fans have expressed their dismay over the departure of Stones, but they did concede that the fee they are expecting to receive for him would be an incredible one for the club.
— Carl Rice (@CarloRice) July 2, 2016
Stones is an will be a wonderful player but if he doesn't wanna be part of what is happening at Everton then move him on #EFC
— Barry jones (@premierefc1878) July 2, 2016
Be gutted if we loose Stones but what could we get with 50 mil! #EFC
— sam bellis (@bellisefc) July 2, 2016
So when Lukaku & Stones go that will be 110 mill to spend on players! #EFC 👌
— Cumbrian Toffee (@BlueToffee72) July 2, 2016
— Tony Ward (@TonyWard11) July 2, 2016
John Stones to Man City for £50M? You'd be crazy not to take that. Poor season last year and that is astonishing money #EFC
— David Ryan (@TheDavidRyan) July 2, 2016
More than happy to let Stones go for £50m… Lukaku can go as long as we pick up a proven goalscorer or two… #efc everton
— #EvilEverton (@M4RTINEZOUT) July 2, 2016
— Brother Smith (@brothersmith76) July 2, 2016
Toffees fans will be hoping that Ronald Koeman shows the same nous as he did at Southampton when replacing their departing players.
In other Everton news, the Toffees’ interest in midfielder Axel Witsel has been revealed to be concrete.