According to an exclusive report from outlet 90min, Newcastle United are potentially eyeing a swoop for out-of-favour Man City defender John Stones once their takeover is completed – with the Sky Blues slapping a £40 million price tag on the player.
Stones, who has started just 10 games under Pep Guardiola this campaign, is debatably failing to replicate his 2018/2019 season form alongside then-partner Aymeric Laporte in defence – but Newcastle have still set their sights on lodging a potential bid for the Englishman.
Should City sell John Stones for £40 million?
Keep him, he still has a future at City
Sell, for £40 million or a higher fee
Famously clearing a Mohamed Salah attempt off the goal line by mere millimetres last campaign, a moment that could be construed as crucial to City’s eventual title win, Stones has went somewhat backwards in regards to building on last season’s solid array of displays.
The 25-year-old, when partnered alongside Nicolas Otamendi this season, has debatably showcased poor performances, with former Premier League striking legend Alan Shearer claiming he would ‘love‘ to play against the pair.
However, that hasn’t stopped Shearer’s ex-club from registering an interest as the Magpies allegedly prioritise homegrown talent in the upcoming transfer window.
Registering a 94% pass accuracy in the league this season according to WhoScored, City boss Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical over our defender’s capabilities in the past – describing him as a ‘special‘ player and comparing the centre-back to Barcelona star Gerard Pique.
Whether or not we do opt to offload the international is a different case, but given his past exploits, we should at least try to secure a hefty fee.