Everton to annihilate club-record transfer within days - report
By Amir Mir
Everton defender John Stones is set to seal a £53million move to Manchester City that will make him the world’s most expensive defender, according to a report.
TalkSport are reporting that a deal is to be completed within days to secure the centre-back as Pep Guardiola’s third high profile signing of the summer.
As reported by Football Insider, Stones informed his club that he wanted to leave Goodison Park in favour of a move to the Etihad stadium.
The deal being reported is in the region of £53million which will make Stones the most expensive defender ever.
Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz currently holds that record following his £50million switch from Chelsea two years ago.
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The transfer of Stones is also set to annihilate Everton’s club-record transfer fee, either incoming or outgoing. The Merseysider’ record fee paid is the £28million to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku two years ago, while their record received is the £27million for Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United in 2013.
The 22-year-old is a ball playing centre half who has received mixed views from supporters and pundits alike about his performances on the pitch.
Stones played 41 games in all competitions last season, as the Toffees conceded 55 goals in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
It is said City made contact with Everton about the availability of their defender with the player then informing manager Ronald Koeman that he wishes to leave the club.
The 10-cap England player has three-years left on his Goodison Park deal, but a move to Manchester seems imminent where he will work under the stewardship of the highly rated Spaniard, Guardiola.