Arsenal in the hunt to sign €40m-rated English centre-back
The London giants will have to rival John Stones’ former club Everton for the defender’s signature, the centre-back has fallen out of favour at Man City over the last year. England international has slipped down to Pep Guardiola’s fifth-choice in back-line, with the defender playing only 14 games across all tournaments this campaign.
The recent rise of promising Spaniard Eric Garcia has further plunged John future into doubt, he’s now even further from challenging Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho to partner Aymeric Laporte.
Stones is ‘unhappy’ and that the defender will consider an exit this summer, with the defender open to a come back to the Goodison Park who would be keen on a cut-price deal.
Everything shaped up for the 26-year-old centre-back to play a more important role for Man City after the surprise departure of Vincent Kompany last summer, but things really haven’t gone as he would’ve hoped.
Man City signed the English centre-back for a huge fee of £47.5m, four years ago, but it’s fair to say that the defender hasn’t lived up to that price-tag on a consistent basis.
The two-time Premier League champion could find solace in a possible move to Emirates though, as he’d be able to team up with the Spanish manager who was Man City’s assistant for three-and-a-half-years.
Should John depart, his options are ideal for a footballer that’s struggling with form and fitness right now, he has the opportunity to head back to a team environment he’s familiar with in Everton or under the tutelage of someone he’s worked closely with in recent years in the Spanish boss at London club.