Manchester City complete £47.5m signing of Everton defender John Stones

Manchester City have signed John Stones

MANCHESTER CITY have announced the signing of England defender John Stones from Everton on a six-year deal.

The England international Stones has joined for an initial £47.5m that could rise if Pep Guardiola‘s outfit win the Champions League.

John Stones joined Everton in 2013 for £3m from championship outfit Barnsley, who will receive £6.6m thanks to a 15 per cent sell-on clause.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career.

“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.

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“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.

“I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”

Manager Guardiola added: “We want to help John Stones show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved.

“I like the way he plays the game and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”

Ronald Koeman has already identified Swansea captain Ashley Williams as his replacement.

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The Wales international will arrive at Everton’s training facility, Finch Farm, today to undergo a medical.

It’s unclear how much the Toffees will pay for Williams, 31, but it’s likely to be more than the £10m Swansea declined last week.

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