Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 40M BID SINKS LIKE A STONE ; EVERTON SNUB BLUES OFFER AND HOLD OUT FOR Pounds 50M GUARDIOLA FACES PRESS/ CITY SPECIAL P62-63 [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 40M BID SINKS LIKE A STONE ; EVERTON SNUB BLUES OFFER AND HOLD OUT FOR Pounds 50M GUARDIOLA FACES PRESS/ CITY SPECIAL P62-63 [City Region]

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CITY have had a Pounds 40m bid for John Stones rejected and will consider an 11th-hour move for Leonardo Bonucci if Vincent Kompany fails to convince Pep Guardiola he can overcome his injury nightmare.

Stones remains Guardiola's top defensive target, with City poised to make an increased bid for the England international this week.

Everton are holding out for Pounds 50m - but a deal is expected to be reached.

Bonucci will come into City's thinking if Kompany suffers a fresh breakdown in his latest comeback bid.

Guardiola remains a huge admirer of the Italian international, who Juventus value at Pounds 50m.

City are reticent to splash out Pounds 100m on defenders unless Kompany's fitness issues continue to plague him.

Guardiola is prepared to give his captain the chance to prove he can return to his best - and has been assessing his recovery from a thigh operation on the club's pre-season tour of China. …

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