Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Go on the Defence over Stones

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Go on the Defence over Stones

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CITY are refusing to make John Stones the world's most expensive defender.

Pep Guardiola is prepared to walk away from a deal for the England international if Everton do not lower their Pounds 50m asking price.

With Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci still an option, City feel confident enough to stick to a hardline stance over Stones.

Director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has returned to Manchester after the club's tour of China to work on deals for top targets Stones and Leroy Sane.

Gabriel Jesus is also due to complete a move worth around Pounds 20m.

City believe it is up to Everton to lower their valuation of Stones.

They have already lodged a bid of Pounds 40m - which is Pounds 2m more than Chelsea were prepared to pay 12 months ago. Since then Stones has endured a difficult time for Everton and is still to establish himself as a regular starter for England. …

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