Report: Everton braced for mega bid, player to be offered in part-exchange
By Amir Mir
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Everton defender John Stones in a part-exchange deal with Wilfried Bony, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Manchester City’s new manager is willing to table a bid of £20million plus Bony for Stones , although the deal could hinge on the sale of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
It is said that Ronald Koeman could be interested in the deal if he decides to sell his in-demand striker, who has made it quite clear this summer that he has aspirations to play Champions League football.
Everton defender Stones has three years left on his contract, but the 22-year-old has caught the eye of Europe’s elite with his technically proficient style of defending.
It is also said that Guardiola does not see any future in striker Bony, who was brought in by previous manager Manuel Pellegrini for a fee of £25m from Swansea in January of last year.
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The Ivory Coast international has struggled to cement a place at the Etihad and has scored just six goals in 36 appearances. He has three years left on his City contract and now seems surplus to requirements.
It is also claimed that Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in Lukaku’s signature, a deal which could play a huge part in the future of his defensive team-mate.
Stones recently returned from Euro 2016 with his national side where he failed to start game and now returns to Merseyside to join up with new manager Ronald Koeman.
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